When should an Enduring Power of Attorney be reviewed?

When should an Enduring Power of Attorney be reviewed?

Common questions about reviewing and updating an Enduring Power of Attorney

How often should I review my Enduring Power of Attorney?

  • at least once a year;
  • whenever there are important changes in your relationships with others;
  • if any of your family members or others close to you, get divorced, married or die;
  • if your Attorney dies or says that they are no longer able or willing to act for you; or
  • if there are any significant changes in your health.

You should review your Enduring Power of Attorney at least once a year.

After you review your Enduring Power of Attorney you can decide if it needs to be updated.

How do changing relationships affect my Enduring Power of Attorney?

In Alberta, marriage, divorce, or entering into an adult interdependent relationship do not affect the validity of an Enduring Power of Attorney. Neither does ending any of these relationships. So, if any of these significant life events happen to you, you should consider whether your EPA still fits your circumstances and make a new one if necessary.

If, after I review my Enduring Power of Attorney, I decide to make a new one, does this automatically cancel the old one?

To be certain that you have only one Enduring Power of Attorney in effect, ensure that each new Enduring Power of Attorney you make includes a phrase indicating that you revoke all previously made EPAs. Try to retrieve and destroy any outdated Enduring Powers of Attorney. Think about who needs to be informed and receive a copy of your new Enduring Power of Attorney.

To be certain that you have only one Power of Attorney in effect, ensure that each new Enduring  ower  of Attorney you make includes a phrase indicating that you revoke all previously made EPAs.

You should NOT rely on this webpage for legal advice. It provides general information on Alberta law only. December 2016.
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