Your Will looks after your estate after death. Your Attorney looks after your
affairs in the event that, during your lifetime, you are unable to administer
your own affairs, whether because of illness or incapacity. A Power of Attorney
document is invalid after death.
A General Power of
Attorney can be specific to certain circumstances -
you have mental capacity but cannot act on your own behalf for whatever reason.
An Enduring Power of Attorney
continues to have effect after you lose mental capacity enabling your attorney
to look after your affairs until death.
Your attorney can decide for you in a wide range of
activities. Therefore the attorney you appoint must have your full confidence
and trust. Most couples appoint each other and often they will also appoint an
adult child should they both lack capacity to make their own