Enduring Powers of Attorney & Advance Care Directives
Enduring Powers of Attorney In the event that you are no longer able, are you confident that others will take care of you and your property in the way you would have wished? An enduring power of attorney (EPOA) allows you to appoint someone you can trust to manage your personal and property affairs when you cannot.
You can appoint an attorney (that is, a person to act on your behalf) in relation to property matters, and/or in relation to personal care and welfare. You have some options as to when an EPOA for property will come into effect, whereas an EPOA for personal care and welfare will only come into effect in the event that you lose capacity.
Attorneys have certain responsibilities - primarily that they must act in your
best interests at all times - and accordingly it is crucial to choose a person or persons you can trust, but also someone who has the right skills and abilities to deal with matters that may arise. It's also crucial to get proper legal advice about the nature and effect of your EPOA.
Waikanae Law are the Kapiti Coast's EPOA experts. We prepare EPOAs for a fixed fee, and can do so in conjunction with your will, or separately. Our fees are set out below:
Enduring power of attorney in respect of property: $350 (incl. GST)
Enduring power of attorney in respect of personal care and welfare: $350 (incl. GST)
Enduring power of attorney in respect of both property and personal care and welfare: $550 (incl. GST)
Our fees include meeting with you to discuss your needs, the preparation of your EPOA(s), providing legal advice as to their nature and effect, and the safe storage of the final document(s). It goes without saying that we'll provide copies - as and when needed - for no additional cost.
Advance Care Directives provide an opportunity to think about what's important to you in the event that you can no longer speak for yourself. Advance care planning helps you, the important people in your life and your health care team plan for your end-of-life care.
Advance care directives are not binding, and they raise some legal issues. Accordingly, it is important that your wishes are recorded clearly, are regularly reviewed, and that your wishes are discussed with the important people in your life.
Discuss your end-of-life wishes with Waikanae Law. We will ensure that your wishes are properly recorded, safely stored and regularly reviewed. We will talk to you about who else you should share your wishes with (such as your attorney, family members and general practitioner), and answer any questions you may have.
Contact us to discuss your EPOA and advance care directive needs.