Decision Making and Power of Attorney

Common legal problems older people can avoid.

This information is current at February 2015.

A general power of attorney allows a person to nominate another person as their attorney. The attorney can then make financial decisions for the principal, but only if the principal still has capacity to make that decision for themselves. An enduring power of attorney, on the other hand, is able to make decisions about finance and personal care of the principal after the principal has lost that capacity. Find out more about the different powers of attorney and what to consider when appointing a substitute decision maker.


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