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Powers of Attorney

What are Powers of Attorney?

A Power of Attorney gives another individual the authority to make decisions on your behalf. It is important for you to understand the significant implications of giving someone else this authority.

However, if you do not have the capacity to understand the implications of giving a Power, your appointment will not be legal.

There are four types of Powers of Attorney:

General Power of Attorney

A General Power of Attorney permits your attorney to make financial or legal decisions on your behalf for a limited time. However, if during this time you lose legal capacity your Attorney will no longer be permitted to decisions on your behalf.

Enduring Power of Attorney (Financial)

An Enduring Power of Attorney (Financial) will give your Attorney the authority to make financial or legal decisions for you if, in the future, you lose the capacity to make these decisions for yourself.

Enduring Power of Attorney (Medical Treatment)

An Enduring Power of Attorney (Medical Treatment) will give your Attorney the authority to make medical treatment decisions for you if, in the future, you lose the capacity to make these decisions for yourself.

Enduring Power of Guardianship

An Enduring Power of Guardianship will give your attorney the authority to make lifestyle decisions on your behalf e.g. where you’ll live you if, in the future, you lose the capacity to make these decisions for yourself.

Help Us To Help You

  • Ask your proposed Attorney or Attorneys to attend to sign their acceptance acknowledgements
  • Ask a second witness to attend;
  • Bring photographic identification;
  • Bring the completed, but unsigned, document(s);
  • Refer to Take Control publication;
  • Visit the Office of Public Advocacy website