An Enduring Power of Attorney is a legal document which enables you (donor) to grant authority to a named person or persons (your Attorney) to act on your behalf and deal with your property and financial affairs as well as certain personal care decisions in the event that you become unable to do so at some stage in the future.
Subject to certain important conditions and safeguards, it becomes operative if you become incapable of looking after your affairs and it continues in force until death. By planning ahead and making an EPA you are able to give your instructions whilst you are of sound mind. You should regard your EPA as an insurance policy against problems which might arise in the future. If it is never put to use, so much the better. However by signing an EPA you can ensure that your personal welfare and affairs are looked after by one or more persons you have chosen yourself.
You can appoint anyone you wish to be your attorney, including a spouse, civil partner, family member, friend, colleague, etc. (subject to certain legal exclusions).