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You should definately organisean EPOA now while your father still has the capacity to understand this. This will cover any situation and directions about treatment which he may want. You would not normally need a living will if he gives clear directions to the person appointed as his attorney. The EPA does however need to be witnessed by a lawyer which is a requirement under the legislation, so you should contact a lawyer to get this underway
You dont need a living will with the EPA but you should make sure he hasa will for his estate to be distributed as the EPA ceases as the time of death
The living will is something referred to in countries where there isnt legisation about the EPA for property and for health and welfare. Its not commonly used in New Zealand therefore as we have adequate legisaltion
A living will isnt needed if you have the EPA
You need to ask what is the purpose of the living will. Why do you want to organise one? They dont have any legal force in New Zealand
The law says that the person appointed as the EPA makes the decisions about welfare. A living will can only be a guide rather than giving any legal powers. The legislation about the EPAs is relatively recent as in the first version being 1988. In my view living wills have not been necessary since then
Lawyers are usually happy to visit someone too ill to travel to their office
If you advise the suburb/city and dont have a lawyer I could make some suggestions
The only legally effective way is the EPA. You could ask at the local community law centre if they will help. http://communitylaw.org.nz/centre/waikato/
If you are concerned about treatment issues, then usually his wife will be consulted as will the family. An EPA is what the hospitals often ask for though as sometimes members of a family may not agree, and the EPA is definitive
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