Enduring powers of attorney: promoting attorneys' accountability as substitute decision makers

Tilse, Cheryl, Wilson, Jill, White, Ben, Willmott, Lindy and McCawley, Anne-Louise (2013) Enduring powers of attorney: promoting attorneys' accountability as substitute decision makers. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 33 3: 193-197. doi:10.1111/ajag.12052

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Author Tilse, Cheryl
Wilson, Jill
White, Ben
Willmott, Lindy
McCawley, Anne-Louise
Title Enduring powers of attorney: promoting attorneys' accountability as substitute decision makers
Journal name Australasian Journal on Ageing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1440-6381
1741-6612
Publication date 2013-06-13
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/ajag.12052
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 33
Issue 3
Start page 193
End page 197
Total pages 5
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Language eng
Abstract Aim: The misuse and abuse of Enduring Powers of Attorney (EPAs) by attorneys, particularly in relation to financial decision-making, is a growing concern. This paper explores the opportunities to enhance accountability of attorneys at the time of the execution of the document in Queensland.
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Aim: The misuse and abuse of Enduring Powers of Attorney (EPAs) by attorneys, particularly in relation to financial decision-making, is a growing concern. This paper explores the opportunities to enhance accountability of attorneys at the time of the execution of the document in Queensland.

Method: A four-stage multi-method design comprised a critical reference group; semi-structured interviews with 32 principals or potential principals, attorneys and witnesses; two focus groups with service providers and a state-wide survey of 76 principals, attorneys and witnesses.

Results: Across all methods and user groups, understanding the role and obligations of the attorney in an EPA was consistently identified as problematic.

Conclusions:
Promoting accountability and understanding can be addressed by greater attention to the role of the attorney in the forms/ guidelines and in the structure and witnessing of the forms, increased direction about record keeping and access to appropriate advice and support.

Keyword Enduring powers of attorney
Substitue decision making
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online ahead of print 13 June 2013.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2014 Collection
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Created: Mon, 17 Feb 2014, 23:47:52 EST by Associate Professor Cheryl Tilse on behalf of School of Social Work and Human Services