The EPA can only come into force when it has been registered. However, once an application to register the EPA has been made, the attorney may take action under the EPA’s powers to maintain you and prevent loss to your estate. The attorney may also take action to maintain themselves and other persons, in so far as it is permitted under Section 6 (4) of the 1996 Act. The attorney may also make any personal care decisions permitted under the powers that cannot reasonably be deferred until the application for registration has been determined.
Also, in certain circumstances before the EPA is registered, application may be made to the court to exercise the EPA’s powers under Section 12 of the Act.
In order to register an EPA, the future attorney makes an application for registration to the Registrar of Wards of Court, once there is reason to believe that you are or are becoming mentally incapable. The attorney must have a medical certificate confirming that you are incapable of managing your affairs.
Five weeks before making this application, the attorney must notify you and the notice parties of his/her intention to do so. Within the 5 weeks, the donor or a notice party can lodge a notice of objection on one of the grounds given in Section 10 (3) of the Act with the Registrar of Wards of Court.