I saw a lovely 79 year old lady on Tuesday. She is moving into a nursing home in Glendalough run the Little Sisters of the Poor.
One of the pre-conditions to admission, besides having assets less than $40,000, is that she needed an Enduring Power of Attorney in place.
I prepared an enduring power of attorney – which covers all financial matters, and an enduring power of guardianship – which covers life style and medical decisions.
I explained that the EPA would take effect immediately, but the EPG would only take effect once she was unable to make those decisions herself, and that both would survive her subsequent mental incapacity, should that occur, which she was happy about.
She then signed the 2 documents in front of the properly qualified witnesses, as did the attorney, her Parish Priest and she went away happy.