The role of enduring powers of attorney
Many of us will lose our mental capacity as we age – either suddenly or slowly over time. This means we lose the ability to make important decisions about our lives.
To plan ahead, you can make an enduring power of attorney, commonly called an EPA, giving someone else the ability to make decisions on your behalf about things like healthcare, finances and property. It is crucial that the attorney you appoint is someone you trust and who knows how you would want your life and property managed.
An enduring power of attorney gives someone else the legal right to act on your behalf. Granting an enduring power of attorney is an important decision. It is a legal requirement that you obtain legal advice from a lawyer who only acts on your behalf.
There are various options that you can have in your EPA. For example, if you appoint more than 1 attorney, you can say whether they must act together (jointly) or can act separately (severally). You can also appoint successor attorneys, cancel (revoke) previous EPAs, determine the...