An EPOA is a legal document that:
- Gives another person the legal authority to make financial and property decisions (but not personal, lifestyle or treatment decisions), on your behalf.
- Is different to and entirely separate from a Will.
- Can only be made if you have legal capacity to make it.
You can make an EPOA that is either:
- Effective immediately, and continues to be effective during any period in which you do not have legal capacity (called an “Immediate Enduring Power of Attorney”), or
- Effective only during any period when a declaration by the State Administrative Tribunal that you do not have legal capacity is in force (called a “Dormant Enduring Power of Attorney”).