An Enduring Power of Attorney is a formal document that provides another person (the attorney) with the authority to make legally binding decisions on your behalf (the principal) in relation to:
- personal/healthcare and/or
- financial matters.
Why prepare an Enduring Power of Attorney?
An Enduring Power of Attorney allows you to choose a person or persons to make decisions on your behalf in relation to personal/ healthcare and/ or financial matters in the event you are unable to make those choices.
Who can be an Attorney
Anyone who is over the age of 18 years and not a paid carer can be a power of attorney for someone.
There can be more than one power of attorney elected and a power of attorney can outline the rules about how the power is to be implemented. For example, decisions made need to be made by popular vote, or one attorney may be given the complete authority to make decisions in the first instance but if the person is not available then another person may have the ability to make decisions.