What is an Enduring Power of Attorney?
An Enduring Power of Attorney is a legal document that outlines who you would like to manage your affairs; such as when you no longer have capacity to do so.
People can lose capacity for decision making for reasons such as intellectual or psychiatric disability, acquired brain injury, dementia or temporary illness such as delirium.
Who should make an Enduring Power of Attorney?
Losing capacity does not just happen to people who are ageing. A loss of capacity can happen at any time in a person’s life and this loss may be temporary or permanent.
If you are over 18 and have capacity to understand the nature and the effect of the power you are giving an Attorney, it’s important you plan for your future by making an Enduring Power of Attorney.
An attorney is the person you nominate to manage your affairs. You can have more than one attorney. Attorney/s can be appointed to manage your financial matters and/or your personal and health matters.
You can specify when your Attorney/s powers begin and you can also specify what powers they will have. This is often referred to as the ‘limits of your Attorney/s powers'.
A financial Attorney can perform a range of duties such as:
- ensuring your bills are paid
- preparing your tax returns
- managing your investments.
The Public Trustee as your Attorney for financial matters
When we manage your financial affairs, you can be sure that we are impartial and have your best interests at heart.
You can choose to appoint us as your Attorney, or we may be appointed as your Financial Administrator by The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
Making an Enduring Power of Attorney with the Public Trustee
The Public Trustee is able to assist you to make your Enduring Power of Attorney for a competitive fee. To make an Enduring Power of Attorney you must be an adult capable of making your own personal and financial decisions. You need to be able to:
- understand the nature and effect of a decision
- freely and voluntarily make those decisions; and
- communicate the decisions in some way.
An Enduring Power of Attorney must also be witnessed correctly.
At the Public Trustee we are able to witness your Enduring Power of Attorney and supply you with a certified copy. It’s as simple as making an appointment to visit your nearest Public Trustee Office.
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