Power of Attorney

What is a Power of Attorney?

Power of Attorney

A Power of Attorney is a legal document which enables a person to decide who they wish to appoint to make decisions for them of a financial, medical or personal nature in the event that they wish to be supported in such decision-making or they are overseas or otherwise incapable of making such decisions for themselves.

What is a General Power of Attorney?

It is a legal document which allows a person to appoint someone to deal with his or her assets, usually for a specified period in time.  Under this type of power of attorney, a person cannot be nominated to deal with medical, health or lifestyle matters on behalf of the donor of that power.  In the event that that donor of that power subsequently loses capacity, the General Power of Attorney document no longer has any legal effect.

What are Enduring Powers of Attorney?

They are legal documents which enable a person, persons or professional  trustee or body to decide who will control his or her financial, medical, health and lifestyle decisions from a particular point in time.  By contrast to the General Power of Attorney, in the event that the donor of the power subsequently becomes incapable of making his/her own decisions, the Enduring Power of Attorney will continue to operate.

What is a Supportive Attorney appointment?

It is a legal document which is designed for a person in Victoria, most often an elderly person or one with a disability, who wishes to retain control over their affairs whilst at the same time as appointing a person (a ‘supportive attorney’) to support them in making and giving effect to their decisions and accessing information from organisations.

What is an Advanced Health Directive?

An Advanced Health Directive is a legal document which enables you to give instructions about your future health care but which only comes into effect if you become incapable of making your own decisions regarding such health care.

iWills Powers of Attorney Fact Finder

Power of Attorney Fact Finder

We will listen to your needs and then work with you to ascertain what types of Powers of Attorney are right for you.  Most importantly, to achieve this, we will not speak to you in technical legal language, but rather, we will explain terms to you in a manner in which you can understand.

To assist us with this process, we have devised a comprehensive easy-to-use fact finder.  Please enquire with us if you would like us to provide you and/or your advisers with an electronic and/or hard copy of our iWills Powers of Attorney Fact Finder.

Our services

  • Preparing  General Powers of Attorney;
  • Preparing  and advising on Enduring Powers of Attorney in respect of financial, personal/guardianship and medical matters all over Australia;
  • Preparing Supportive Attorney appointments;
  • Preparing and advising on Advanced Health Directives.

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