Enduring Powers of Attorney and Xmas Opening Hours

Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA)

What is an EPA?

Having an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) means you can have peace of mind that you have decided, ahead of time, who you trust to make decisions for you if you are unable to make those decisions for yourself.

There are two different kinds of EPAs, these being:

·         Property – covers your money and assets and can come into effect before you lose mental capacity. You may have more than one attorney for this EPA.

·         Personal care and welfare – covers your health, accommodation and associated care decisions, and comes into effect only if a medical professional or the Family Court decides you have become ‘mentally incapable’. You may have only one attorney for this EPA.

An Enduring Power of Attorney can commence immediately for financial affairs so that your attorney can deal with your financial affairs straight away or at a pre-determined time in the future. This may be important if you go overseas or you want to enjoy your retirement years without having to deal with paying the bills. An attorney is people you choose to make decisions for you whilst still being mentally capable but also once you become mentally incapable. Choosing people you trust is very important as they will be the ones making decisions about your personal treasures such as; your house, your money and belongings.

Who can be my attorney?

  • be over 18 years old;
  • have mental capacity;
  • not be a bankrupt (for financial decisions); and
  • not be your healthcare provider (such as your doctor or nurse) or a paid carer.

It is a good idea to appoint more than one person in case they are unable to act as attorney. Appointing a second attorney will put your mind more at ease, knowing that you’ve planned ahead for your future and have options for what might happen.

If you decide you want to make an EPA with us we have forms on our website that you can download and fill out. Our lawyers will go over it for you to make sure you understand the whole process, leaving you feeling well informed and prepared.

Whitmarsh Law Christmas Hours

We are closing for two weeks over the Christmas/New Year period, with our last working day of the year being Monday the 23rd of November 2019 and we will be re-opening on Monday the 6th of January 2020.

Our team at Whitmarsh Law want to say a massive thank you for being a part of our 2019 and we are very excited for what the New Year is to bring!

We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

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