Enduring Power of Attorney and Wards of Court

    Normally a person who is made a Ward of Court is an adult who does not have the mental capacity to look after their affairs and a family member (normally) applies to make the person a Ward of Court in order look after their property and bank accounts. There are other less common reasons for people to be made a Ward of Court such as having been injured in an accident.

    An individual (known as “the Donor”) who is of sound mind can create an Enduring Power of Attorney and by doing this they can themselves appoint their own choice of Attorney who can look after their affairs. This means that if at any time in the future the Donor himself or herself is no longer capable of doing managing his or her affairs due to mental incapacity the Attorney can do this for them.

    Apart from the advantage of choosing your Attorney the other advantage of making an Enduring Power of Attorney is that you can give your Attorney full or restricted power to act on your behalf. A Donor can decide to allow the Attorney to do everything as they would normally do themselves but prevent them from selling their home for instance. That would be a limited Power of Attorney.

    It is always important that your trust your Attorney completely when making an Enduring Power of Attorney.

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