Why you need an Enduring Power of Attorney

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Going guarantor

Are you confident other people will know how to look after you and your property if you become unable to do so yourself, such as through accident, illness or incapacity?

There may come a time when you become unable to make or communicate decisions yourself. Therefore, it is crucial that someone you trust knows how you want your life and property handled. 

One way to ensure this happens is to appoint someone to act on your behalf by giving them “enduring power of attorney”. This is as important as having a Will in terms of planning ahead.  To help you, we have prepared a pamphlet - What happens if you can no longer make decisions? - which, among other things, explains the two kinds of enduring power of attorney, who you should appoint as your attorney and their responsibilities, and how to go about setting up an enduring power of attorney. 

For more information, contact your local Age Concern or Age Concern New Zealand. For free legal advice, contact your nearest Community Law Centre.

To download the pamphlet in English, Te Reo or Chinese simplified, click on the relevant link to the right.