There is life after death – at least for those left behind. Make the transition of your loved ones through their grief as easy as possible by being prepared for when you are no longer around. Oakleigh Funeral Home is running a series of tips to assist people avoid the common pitfalls encountered by grieving families.

A number of people in their old age give a power of attorney to a trusted individual/family member, to attend to their affairs due to lack of mobility or decreasing ability due to ill health.  This can be a limited power of attorney, limiting the individual to certain things, or a broader scope.

This can be quite a useful document, allowing those caring for ageing family members to attend to a number of tasks, such as banking, without having to worry or transport their loved one around, especially at a time such as now with COVID concerns.

As funeral directors, we have family members regularly informing us that they hold power of attorney, and very few are aware that the moment an individual passes away, so too does their power of attorney.  This can pose quite a few difficult situations if there are surviving spouses that benefitted from this arrangement, or who were dependents on the newly departed.  

An individual who holds such a capacity, and being aware of an imminent death, would do well to be aware of this restriction and take swift action on what needs to be done before a passing to alleviate any distress to themselves and other surviving family.