A power of attorney is a legal document in which someone (the donor) gives another person (the attorney) the right to help them make decisions, or take decisions on their behalf.
A power of attorney set up before 1 October 2007 is called an enduring power of attorney (EPA). It has since this date been replaced by the lasting power of attorney (LPA) for property and financial affairs.
You can no longer make an EPA, but if one was made correctly and signed before 1 October 2007 it may still be used.
An EPA authorises attorneys to make decisions about the donor’s property and financial affairs. They can, for example sign documents, make purchases and claim benefits. Attorneys must manage the donor’s finances in the donor’s best interests. This means keeping the donor’s finances separate from their own.