Enduring Power of Attorney

Notification of named persons

The donor can nominate person(s) to be notified by the attorney before applying to the Registrar of the High Court for the registration of the EPA. The named person(s) can be:

  • the donor himself/herself;
  • any attorneys not joining in the application; or
  • up to two other persons.

(Please refer to section 6 of the Enduring Powers of Attorney (Prescribed Form) Regulation (Cap.501A of the Laws of Hong Kong))

This mechanism would also serve to give some psychological comfort to the donor, by ensuring that persons other than the attorney will become aware of the operation of the EPA upon the donor becoming mentally incapacitated.

If an attorney does not notify the donor or the persons named, that does not prevent the registration of the EPA or make it invalid. However, according to section 19 of the Enduring Powers of Attorney Ordinance (Cap.501 of the Laws of Hong Kong), in any legal proceedings relating to the EPA the court may, if it considers it appropriate, draw an adverse inference from the attorney’s failure to notify the named person(s).