An Enduring Power of Attorney (‘EPA’) is a deed or instrument that enables you to appoint a trusted person to make financial, legal and property related decisions on your behalf.
An EPA is an agreement that is made by choice, and can be executed by anyone over the age of 18 who has full legal capacity. “Full legal capacity” means that the person must be able to understand the nature and effect of the document they are completing.
An EPA can be operational while you still have legal capacity. Alternatively, it may become active only if you are physically unable to attend to financial matters. With an enduring power of attorney, if you happen to lose your legal capacity, the EPA will continue to operate.
An EPA does not permit your elected attorney to make personal and lifestyle decisions, including decisions about treatment.