Enduring Powers of Attorney

In October 2007, Enduring Powers of Attorney (EPAs) were replaced by Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs). Although it is no longer possible to make an EPA, many people made EPAs before October 2007 and, provided these were properly executed at the time, they are still valid.

An EPA is a legal document made by a person (the Donor) to appoint someone else to look after their affairs (their Attorney or Attorneys).

An unregistered EPA can only be used by Attorneys while the Donor has full mental capacity. If their mental capacity starts to diminish, the Attorneys must register the EPA with the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) to continue to use it.

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