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Who should I appoint as my attorney?

Choosing someone to be your attorney in a power of attorney or an enduring power of attorney is an important decision. Your attorney usually has the power to make decisions about your legal and financial matters on your behalf. Accordingly, you should only appoint someone you that you trust, someone who knows what you want, and someone you know who will act in your best interest (or simply do what you would do) and according to the law.

Preferably, your attorney should also have the skills to manage your legal and financial matters properly – or understand when they need to obtain professional assistance. Our clients usually appoint family members, close friends, or professional advisers like their accountant or their lawyer. Your attorney must be at least 18 years old.

If you change your mind, you can always cancel your power of attorney or enduring power of attorney and appoint someone else as your attorney, provided you have not lost your mental capacity