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Making an enduring power of attorney – a free Compass upcoming webinar

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As the national voice for ending elder abuse, Elder Abuse Action Australia (EAAA), together with Compass, is hosting a free webinar to highlight the importance for all people over the age of 65 to have in place an ‘Enduring Power of Attorney’ (EPOA) document that ensures your financial decisions will be looked after if you become unable to manage your own affairs.

An EPOA ‘endures’ past the point where a person no longer has decision-making capacity, potentially through until end of life. A person can make an EPOA whenever they choose and revoke it at any time, provided they have capacity.

An EPOA differs to a Power of Attorney (POA), in that a POA covers specific situations, like travelling overseas or being in hospital. A person can make, change or revoke a POA whenever they choose provided they have capacity.

Both documents are different to a will. A will is designed to ensure that a person’s wishes for the distribution of their assets (such as property, money and shares) will be carried out after they die. However, a will doesn’t provide authority to anyone for managing the person’s financial affairs while they are alive, even if they lose capacity.

Each Australian state and territory have different arrangements (and some use different names) for an EPOA, but the general principles are the same. To check arrangements in each state and territory click here.

On next Thursday, April 28, expert panellists including, John Chesterman (Public Advocate, Queensland) and Karen Williams (ADA Law) will discuss the ins and outs of preparing an Enduring Power of Attorney document to meet individual needs.

Topics of discussion will include:

  • What is an EPOA?
  • What should it include?
  • Understanding capacity, why it’s important and how it is determined
  • How to choose the right attorney
  • What being an Attorney involves?
  • Factors for those within the LGBTQIA+ and other community groups need to consider
  • Discussing the common examples of the misuse of an EPOA arrangement and the remedies at hand.

Webinar details:

Topic: Making an Enduring Power of Attorney

Time/Date: 12:30pm AEDT on Thursday, April 28

Duration: 60 minutes

Moderator: Philippa McDonald

Panellists: Karen Williams, Lawyer and Manager of Human Rights Services at ADA Australia and John Chesterman, Office of the Public Advocate QLD

For the registration link, click here.

Compass is a national website navigating elder abuse in Australia. It aims to create a national focus on elder abuse by raising awareness of this growing social issue, and simplify the process of connecting people to services and information tackling elder abuse.

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