You must appoint an actual attorney, and you can also appoint a replacement attorney and a secondary attorney. There is no limit on the number of attorneys. If more than one attorney has been appointed to the same task, it is advisable to indicate in the power of attorney whether they can represent the granter alone or whether they must act together.
You can appoint a trusted person as an attorney to whom you want to trust the future management of your affairs. The attorney is often a person from the granter’s close circle. However, they can be any private individual that you trust in particular. You cannot appoint a company, association or public guardian to be the attorney.
A secondary attorney should be appointed in a continuous power of attorney, in case the actual attorney becomes permanently incapable of acting as an attorney or is not willing to accept the responsibility. Several secondary attorneys can be appointed. In such a case, the order in which the granter would like them to take on the responsibility should be mentioned in the power of attorney.
It is also good to appoint a replacement attorney in the power of attorney. A replacement attorney is needed when the actual attorney is temporarily incapable of carrying out the responsibility, for example, due to illness. The actual attorney may also be temporarily obstructed from carrying out the responsibility due to being disqualified. Therefore, the replacement attorney appointed in the power of attorney should be a person outside the closest family, who is not disqualified for attending to the matter. A conflict of interests may arise in the division of property or in the division of inheritance or when the granter’s property is sold.