Power of Attorney
A Power of Attorney is a document that authorises another person to act on your behalf in relation to health and/or financial matters.
There are 2 types of Power of Attorneys.
- General Power of Attorney
- Enduring Power of Attorney
A General Power of Attorney will be limited to only financial matters and can only be used (unless otherwise stated) until the person loses capacity. This type of document is used in cases where, say, a person goes overseas and needs a person to run their finances while they are away. These Powers of Attorneys can be very specific as to what the Attorney has the ability to control and can specify a time when the power ends.
An Enduring Power of Attorney can deal with either or both health matters and financial matters. You can choose when you would like to start the Enduring Power of Attorney however an Enduring Power of Attorney will continue after you lose capacity to make legal decisions (thus “Enduring”). An ability to make health decisions will only ever commence upon you becoming incapacitated.
It is important to understand that an Enduring Power of Attorney is not an Advanced Health Directive. If you wish to be able to direct your Attorney to make certain decisions regarding terminating life support you would need to complete an Advanced health directive. If you wish to obtain an Advanced Health Directive please contact our office and we will be able to assist you.
Complete all the questions on the form.
NB – It is important that you answer all the questions. If you are not sure of some answers please contact our office for clarification.
One of our lawyers will then contact to ensure you have no further queries or questions. At this time we will organise a one off easy payment with you. Once payment is received we will attend to drafting the Power of Attorney for you.
Within 7 days from date of receipt of payment, our office will contact you to arrange an appointment for you to come in and sign the document. You will be provided with the original document for safe keeping.
If you wish for the document to be sent to you for completion, please advise our office and we will arrange for delivery and instructions to be sent to you.
You may wish to consider obtaining or amending your Will at the same time as preparing the Power of Attorney. Please go to our Online Will Application for further details.