What is a Power of Attorney?
A Power of Attorney is a legal document that appoints someone to act on your behalf. Your attorney may be a family member, close friend or a solicitor. An attorney can’t make health or lifestyle decisions for you, only financial ones. Adler Legal can make clear in the document your needs including if and when you want your Attorney’s power to start.
If you lose capacity and haven’t made an enduring power of attorney there will be nobody with legal authority to manage or make decisions about your property and finances. It is important to note that a power of attorney only operates while you are alive and is automatically cancelled when you die.
Adler Legal can help you prepare by drafting a Power of Attorney, organising for the attorney you have appointed to come in and accept their appointment and registering your document with the Land and Property Management Authority if your attorney needs to deal with real estate.
What is a Appointment of Enduring Guardian?
An enduring guardian is someone who is legally appointed to make personal or lifestyle decisions for you if you can no longer make your own. The appointment of your enduring guardian only starts when you become unable to make your own personal or lifestyle decisions. Adler Legal can make clear in the document what functions you want to give your enduring guardian including:
- where you live
- what health care you receive
- what other personal services you receive (eg meals on wheels, home care)
- to consent to medical or dental treatment for you.
Contact us to find out more or to arrange a consultation with an experienced estate planning lawyer in Pyrmont.