Many people will step into the role of Enduring Powers of Attorney at some stage, or decide to appoint one as protection in case their personal circumstances change and they can no longer make decisions relating to their own health and welfare, and/or property and money. Creating an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) means someone trusted will be able to make decisions on a person’s behalf, or on behalf of their loved ones.
There are two types of EPA – EPAs in relation to property and EPAs that relate to personal care and welfare. New forms are making it easier to create either EPA. These are available on the Ministry of Social Development website, along with updated information about roles and responsibilities.