Recent legislation has changed the form of general and enduring powers of attorney for financial matters and enduring powers of guardianship. The new legislation introduces a new consolidated enduring power of attorney for financial and personal matters, however enduring powers of attorney (medical treatment) were not consolidated by the legislation.
If you have previously arranged for a power of attorney consider whether your circumstances have changed since then, and particularly whether those you have nominated are still appropriate given your current circumstances. Have your attorneys moved away? Do you still feel your appointed attorneys are the best people to handle your affairs if you are unable to? Are there other more appropriate attorneys available to you? If you had young children when you prepared your power of attorney documents, are they now old enough to step into that role?
It may be timely to review your powers of attorney, or if you don’t have a power of attorney – perhaps it’s something you should consider. If you would like further information on what this will involve please don’t hesitate to contact us.