Changing or revoking a power of attorney
A client can change a power at any time as long as they still have capacity.
Powers of attorney and guardianship can be changed or revoked in different ways:
- The client’s death or the attorney’s resignation will extinguish a power.
- Telling the attorney(s) their power is withdrawn and destroying the document and copies, or completing a new document will also extinguish powers.
- The appointment of an administrator to undertake financial and legal decisions can extinguish powers given to attorneys (see Part XIA, Division 4 and 6 of the Instruments Act 1958).
If powers have been revoked, the previous attorney(s) and relevant agencies need to be informed.