An EPOA can help protect your future. Having an EPOA means you can have peace of mind that you have decided, ahead of time, who you trust to make decisions on your behalf.
It’s important for every adult, whatever their age, to take steps to create an EPOA.
If you lost your cognitive capacity to make decisions and you didn't have an EPOA in place, then your whānau or loved ones would need to apply to the Family Court in order to be able to act on your behalf as a property manager/welfare guardian. That process could be very costly and the orders that the Court make would expire after a few years and would need to be renewed from time to time – requiring further applications to be made to the Court.
An EPOA can save your family the cost and stress of having to get a Court order to make decisions about you, your property and your finances, should you lack the capacity to make those decisions yourself.
It's crucial that the people you choose to be your attorney(s) can be trusted to act in your best interests at all times and are willing and able to fill that role.
It's important to note that most retirement villages require prospective residents to have EPOAs in place in order for them to be approved as a resident.
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