Enduring powers of attorney

What are enduring powers of attorney?

Enduring powers of attorney (EPAs) are legal documents that allow you to appoint someone you trust to make important decisions on your behalf if you can’t make these decisions yourself due to illness or injury.

Why do I need EPAs?

EPAs are as important as wills. Without them, managing your affairs can become difficult for your family.

For instance, even simple tasks such as paying your bills can be a struggle if your family can’t legally access your accounts.

Your family may feel powerless, leaving the Family Court to decide how to manage your property and personal matters.

With EPAs in place, decisions about your wellbeing, finances and property can be made by those you trust and in the way you want.

Two ways to make your enduring powers of attorney

Option 1: do it yourself online, with support when you need it.

Our online platform makes it easy to get your enduring powers of attorney, wills and statement of wishes sorted – in your own time and in no time at all.

- The online platform is accessible 24/7 and fully secure
- Our support team is based in New Zealand, and available for a live chat or phone call
- Our services can cover all needs – from simple to complex.

Making each EPA yourself online costs just $129 including GST, or $229 to make mirror EPAs for you and your partner.

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Option 2: Get your EPA made by a Public Trust expert

Our experts will talk to you about your needs in order to prepare your EPAs. Preparing each EPA with an expert costs $289 including GST.

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Common questions about EPAs

When do enduring powers of attorney become effective?

For a personal care and welfare attorney, the EPA authority comes into effect when the donor is deemed mentally incapable of acting for themselves.For a property EPA, the donor can choose when the authority becomes effective – immediately (even while they are mentally capable) or only after they are deemed mentally incapable. The appointed attorney holds the same level of authority as the donor, but the donor can place restrictions on the attorney’s authority.

What’s the difference between an ordinary power of attorney and an enduring power of attorney?

Ordinary powers of attorney are best used for temporary purposes – for example, if you’re going overseas and want someone to be able to send you cash from your accounts or to pay bills here. Enduring powers of attorney are for longer-term protection. These work after you’ve become mentally incapable, while an ordinary power of attorney would lapse. At Public Trust we only prepare enduring powers of attorney.

Do I need a lawyer to get a power of attorney?

No, but we recommend using a reputable provider to make your enduring power of attorney.

Can I set up an enduring power of attorney myself?

Yes! You can prepare an enduring power of attorney yourself via our online platform. It's easy to use and doesn't take long.
Of course, if you prefer to have expert help, we can also prepare your EPA for you.

What do I need to think of before getting my EPAs?

You need to think carefully about who to choose as an attorney and ensure they understand their role and responsibilities.

You can decide when an EPA comes into effect and can add special terms and conditions. You can also state who you want your attorney to report to and consult with when making decisions on your behalf.