What is an Enduring Power of Attorney?
An Enduring Power of Attorney (‘EPOA’) is a legal document that allows someone else to make certain decisions on your behalf in the event you are unable to make decisions for yourself or at a nominated time. You may lose the ability to make your own decisions through illness or accident either temporarily or on a permanent basis. Once you lose the ability to make decisions you are said to have lost “capacity”.
Who Can Be An Attorney?
Your attorney(s) can be any adult who accepts the role of your attorney, provided they are not your paid carer or healthcare provider. You should be very careful about who you choose as your attorney as you are potentially giving another person control over your assets and decision making abilities in the event that you are unable to.