Valerie contacted the Older Persons Advocacy Network as she was concerned that her daughter,who is acting in the role of Attorney under an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) Document, was misusing her money. Valerie told the advocate that she was no longer receiving bank statements, had no idea of what was being paid, and had received a letter from one of her utility providers stating she was in arrears, which had never happened before. Valerie was concerned that her daughter was overwhelmed by the EPA role and was unable to effectively manage the responsibility.
The advocate discussed all of the options available with Valerie. Valerie decided it would be best to revoke her Enduring Power of Attorney and appoint a new one. The advocate liaised with other services including an elder abuse specific legal service, which agreed to help Valerie revoke the EPA and write a new one. Valerie met with the lawyers, revoked her daughter as EPA and appointed a trusted friend instead.
Once Valerie told her daughter about the change, her daughter revealed that she was overwhelmed by being the EPA and was relieved to not have to do it anymore. On a follow up phone call Valerie told the advocate that she was much happier now and she again felt confident with her financial management arrangements.