How to find out if someone is an attorney?

When we are sent an enduring power of attorney, we review it and register it if it meets legal requirements.

The attorney will then notify us if and when the person is no longer able to make certain decisions in the enduring power of attorney. The enduring power of attorney only comes into effect after we accept the attorney’s notification.

We will provide the attorney with a certified copy of the arrangement. This will confirm that the attorney has the legal authority to make certain decisions on behalf of the person. The certified copy can be requested by anyone who may have dealings with the attorney

We keep a register of enduring powers of attorney.

Certain people and organisations, like banks, lawyers and doctors, can search this register. Family members and carers may also ask to search the register if they have a good reason to do so. We can confirm that an arrangement is in place. We can also give them a certified copy of the arrangement.