An Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) is a person you’ve nominated to make decisions on your behalf if you’re no longer able to.
You should choose someone you trust who’ll make decisions in your best interest and make sure your wishes about how you’re cared for are followed.
You can nominate one EPA who’ll look after your property and financial interests and one EPA to oversee your personal care and welfare, or you can nominate one person to look after everything on your behalf.
An Enduring Power of Attorney document needs to be signed while you’re mentally capable. The EPA for your personal care and welfare only comes into effect when you become unable to make decisions, but your property EPA can come into effect whenever you decide – either as soon as the document is signed or only if you become mentally incapable.
Deciding who will be your EPA is an important decision and there are rules about who must witness the document being signed. For more information, visit the New Zealand Law Society website.(external link)