It is no longer possible to make an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) as they have now been replaced by Lasting Powers of Attorney. However, any EPAs which were made before the 1st October 2007 are still perfectly valid.
An EPA acts in a similar way to an LPA by allowing a chosen person, known as an Attorney, to act on behalf of the donor in making decisions about their property and financial affairs.
Under an EPA the Attorney can act straight away (unless the document contained a restriction to the contrary). The EPA did not have to be registered at the Office of the Pubilc Guardian unless the donor was deemed as beginning to lose their mental capacity. This is one of the main differences between the old EPAs and the new LPAs.
Although a new EPA cannot be entered into it may be that you have an old EPA and are unsure whether this still meets your needs or whether a new LPA would be better.
It may be that you have been appointed as Attorney under an EPA and do not know what to do, whether the document needs registering or how to do this and need help.
If the person who made the EPA is starting to lose mental capacity it is essential that the EPA is now registered at the Office of the Public Guardian without any delay. Our dedicated team can help guide you through this process.
For more information, why not download one of our helpful guides or call our team to discuss your problems in person on 0114 272 1884 or 01302 341414
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