A Power of Attorney (POA) is a legally recognised document appointing someone to act on your behalf with regard to legal or financial matters. It allows the appointed person to manage your assets and financial affairs while you are alive.
This power can be enduring in that it endures from the time it is created until the date of one’s death.
This power can also be general in that it expires upon the incapacity of a person.
A POA commences upon a nominated date.
Powers of Guardianship
A Power of Guardianship (POG) is a similar document appointing someone to act on your behalf in relation to your medical care only. It does not extend to financial decisions. These commence when you are unable to make your own decisions. Due to legislative changes, as of 1 July 2014, the POG has been replaced by the Advanced Care Directive (ACD). Any valid POG created before this date remains legally enforceable.
Advance Care Directive
The ACD empowers you to make clear legal arrangements for matters including your future health care, end of life and preferred living arrangements.
It allows you to write down your preferences and instructions regarding the above.
The ACD allows you to appoint a person or Substitute-Decision-Maker (SDM) to make these decisions on your behalf if you are unable to do so in the future.
These documents are of utmost importance as they safeguard your interests in the event that something unforseen should occur in the future.
Persons appointed as a SDM or POA must act in accordance with legislation.
Speak to us regarding the significant discounts we offer if you need more than one ACD or POA to be created. Examples are situations where they are required by a husband and wife and those in a same sex or de facto relationship.
We offer discounted packages for Wills together with a POA and/or ACD.
Contact us with your enquiry. You will not be charged to initially meet or speak with us. Your initial 20 minute personal or telephone consult is free of charge.