Wills and Estates

Power of Attorney

A power of attorney is a legal document in which you appoint someone (your attorney) to act on your behalf in relation to property and financial matters while you live.

A Power of Attorney can only be made by an adult with decision making capacity.

Your attorney may be someone that you trust, such as a family member or close friend. An attorney can’t make health or lifestyle decisions for you, only financial ones.

A general power of attorney is usually given for a specific period of time, for example, if you plan to travel overseas or are going to hospital. It stops operating if you lose the ability to make your own decisions (lose capacity).

An enduring power of attorney will continue even after you have lost capacity. This is the one you should use if you want to give someone power to make decisions once you can no longer do so yourself.