Enduring Powers of Attorney
What is it?
source: Public Trustee
An Enduring Power of Attorney is a legal document that outlines who you would like to manage your affairs, such as when you no longer have the capacity to do so. People can lose capacity for decision making for reasons such as intellectual or psychiatric disability, acquired brain injury, dementia or temporary illness such as delirium. Losing capacity does not just happen to people who are ageing. A loss of capacity can happen at any time in a person’s life and this loss may be temporary or permanent.
You can find out more information about Enduring Power's of Attorney within the Public Trustee's booklet, "Let's talk about Enduring Powers of Attorney". Alternatively, the Office of the Public Guardian have a useful factsheet.
Is this the same as a Will?
No. You can find out more about Wills through the Public Trustee's booklet, "Let's talk about Wills".
Do I need one?
Ultimately, it is your choice. However, below is a video that explains why having an updated Enduring Power of Attorney may help you avoid complicated situations.