If a person is capable of dealing with their own affairs at present, they can sign an enduring power of attorney. It will only come into effect when they are no longer capable of looking after their own affairs. It gives authority to the person appointed to act for the person who signed the power of attorney.
An Enduring Power of Attorney is a power of attorney which, subject to conditions and safeguards, continues in force even after the maker of the Enduring Power (the 'Donor') becomes mentally incapable of handling his or her affairs, provided that it is registered. It can be used by the Attorney from the date of its execution and prior to the onset of Mental incapacity, provided that there are no restrictions placed within the document and if this is what the Donor wishes. The purpose of an Enduring Power of Attorney is to enable people, while they are still mentally capable, to decide who they would like to deal with their financial affairs for them after they become mentally incapable. The Enduring Power of Attorney was introduced by the Enduring Powers of Attorney Act 1985.