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Powers of the courtN.I.

Powers of court as to lasting powers of attorneyN.I.

110—(1) This section applies if—

(a)a person has executed an instrument with a view to creating a lasting power of attorney (a “relevant instrument”) or purported to execute a relevant instrument; or

(b)an instrument has been registered as a lasting power of attorney.

(2) The court may determine any question relating to—

(a)whether one or more of the requirements for the creation of a lasting power of attorney have been met;

(b)whether the instrument or power has been revoked or has otherwise come to an end.

(3) Subsection (4) applies if the court is satisfied—

(a)that fraud or undue pressure was used to induce a person to create a lasting power of attorney or execute a relevant instrument;

(b)that an attorney under a lasting power of attorney has behaved, or is behaving, in a way that contravenes the attorney's authority or is not in the donor's best interests; or

(c)that a person appointed as attorney or replacement attorney by a lasting power of attorney or relevant instrument proposes to behave as attorney in a way that would contravene the attorney's authority or would not be in the donor's best interests.

(4) Where this subsection applies, the court may—

(a)direct that an instrument purporting to create the lasting power of attorney is not to be registered; or

(b)if the donor lacks capacity to revoke the instrument or the lasting power of attorney—

(i)revoke the instrument or power; or

(ii)terminate the appointment of a person appointed as attorney or replacement attorney by the instrument or power.

Powers of court as to operation of lasting powers of attorneyN.I.

111—(1) The court may determine any question as to the meaning or effect of a lasting power of attorney or an instrument purporting to create one.

(2) The court may—

(a)give directions with respect to decisions—

(i)which an attorney under a lasting power of attorney has authority to make; and

(ii)which the donor lacks capacity to make;

(b)give any consent or authorisation to act which an attorney under a lasting power of attorney would have to obtain from the donor if the donor had capacity to give it.

(3) The court may, if the donor of a lasting power of attorney lacks capacity to do so—

(a)give directions to an attorney with respect to the rendering by the attorney of reports or accounts and the production of records kept by the attorney for that purpose;

(b)require an attorney (“A”) to supply information or produce documents or things in A's possession as attorney;

(c)give directions with respect to the remuneration or expenses of an attorney;

(d)relieve an attorney wholly or partly from any liability which the attorney has or may have incurred on account of a breach of a duty as attorney.

(4) The court may authorise the making of gifts, under a lasting power of attorney, which are not within section 100(2) (permitted gifts).

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