My question is can two people be enduring power of attorney? New Zealand North Island where am I talking to please. None

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Customer: Hello Im Louise, My question is can two people be enduring power of attorney?
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Customer: New Zealand North Island where am I talking to please.
JA: What steps have you taken so far?
Customer: None this is it. However there is already epa going now.
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I am a New Zealand lawyer based in Wellington and will help you with your question today. Please give me a minute to read the question

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You can have an enduring power of attorney for property and for welfare. However while you can have two persons for the property power of attorney, you can only have one person for the welfare power of attorney

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thank you is there an argument that I can request epa, on the basis that the owner of the welfare is in my care in my house. We are all family.
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I don't understand what you mean. Do you want someone to be your power of attorney or do you want to be the attorney for someone else?

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i want epa to my mother who lives with me however my sister is epa who lives with her own family.
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Chris The Lawyer, Expert

Is the EPA in force yet? That is usually when a doctor certifies that your mother cannot look after herself any more

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it is in force
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Then the only way in which the person who is the attorney can be changed is by an application to the family court. You could only do this if your sister has been doing something dishonest or behaved very badly towards your mother.

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Do I have every right to ask for statements on my mothers ingoing outgoing so that I may also see where her income is going, she has a savings account that should not be touched, Im growing wary.
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The person who is the power of attorney, that is in this case your sister, should consult with members of the family to explain what is being done with your mother's money. If you are concerned that your sister is spending money other than on your mother's needs, then that is a serious matter although you would need to have some evidence. If your sister has taken money for her own purposes, then she can be removed as the attorney

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Thank you I feel concerned when not told, even my mother is unaware she has signed anything. There was no mention it even happened. Red flags to me. It is a conflicting. Thank you.
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I think you need to have a serious discussion with your sister and explain that she is meant to consult with you and explain what is happening

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indeed thank you and great service
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