An Enduring Power of Attorney is a document appointing a person (an ‘Attorney’) to manage the property and financial affairs of another person (the ‘Donor’).
If the Donor becomes unable to make financial decisions, the EPA must be registered before it can be used or, if it is already in use, before it can continue to be used.
LPAs have now replaced EPAs, which only allowed people to appoint Attorneys to make decisions about property and financial matters on their behalf.
The new LPAs give more protection and extra options.
If someone has already made an EPA and still has capacity, they can either replace it with a new Property and Affairs LPA or can keep the existing EPA.
There’s a different process in Scotland and Northern Ireland, and in the Republic of Ireland.
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Office of the Public Guardian, UK
Power of Attorney
Office of the Public Guardian, Scotland
Managing Your Affairs and Enduring Power of Attorney
Nidirect government services, Northern Ireland
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Free legal Advice Centres, Republic of Ireland