I think my parent nees care, what do I do?

The Aged Care Process

Enduring Power of Attorney

Who should make an EPOA?

Why should my parent make an EPOA?

Who can be my parent’s attorney?

Who should my parent choose for their attorney?

My parent’s enduring power of attorney is making decisions on their behalf that I don’t think they would agree with. What can I do?

Who should make an EPOA?

Everyone should make enduring powers of attorney.

Anyone who falls into one of these categories should make them as soon as possible:

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Why should my parent make an EPOA?

If your parent ever becomes incapable of making their own decisions, they will need someone trustworthy in charge of their affairs. It takes little effort and is not costly to appoint an EPOA.

If your parent does not have an EPOA, you must apply to the Family Court before you can manage their affairs. This is costly and time consuming. The court will decide who can manage their affairs. They may choose a different person from who your parent would have chosen themselves.

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Who can be my parent’s attorney?

Your parent can only have one attorney for personal care.  It has to be an individual, and cannot be a trustee company.

Your parent can have more than one attorney for property. They can choose either individuals or a trustee company.

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Who should my parent choose for their attorney?

It is most important to choose someone you trust. You must be confident that this person has your parent's best interests at heart. This person should know your parent's likes and dislikes well. You need to be sure that this person will always carry out your parent's preferences.

It is helpful to have an attorney living close by. They are required by law to consult you on decisions as much as possible.

The attorneys will need to work together. Choose people who will work together well.

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My parent’s enduring power of attorney is making decisions on their behalf that I don’t think they would agree with. What can I do?

You can ask the Family Court to review any decision that an attorney has made or cancel the attorney’s appointment.

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