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What is a Power of Attorney?

A Power of Attorney lets someone else make important decisions on your behalf when you need it the most. This can be a trusted relative, friend or an organisation like State Trustees.

Types of Powers of Attorney

  • With an Enduring Power of Attorney, Financial, you can appoint someone to manage your financial and or property affairs, including any related legal matters.
  • With an Enduring Power of Attorney, Personal, you can appoint someone to make non-medical decisions that relate to your personal and lifestyle affairs.
  • With a Supportive Attorney appointment, you can appoint someone to help you in your decision making. They cannot act for you if you become unable to make your own decisions.

State Trustees can help you with an Enduring Power of Attorney or assist in the appointment of a Supportive Attorney.

Medical Treatment

Everyone has the right to make their own medical decisions, but what happens if you are no longer able to make those decisions due to injury or illness? There is a document called the Appointment of medical treatment decision maker which allows you to appoint a medical decision maker. This person will have legal authority to make medical decisions on your behalf, should you become unable to do so.

What types of appointments can State Trustees help with?

State Trustees can assist you in preparation of an Enduring Power of Attorney for financial and personal matters.

An Enduring Power of Attorney for financial matters enables you to choose an individual, or an organisation like State Trustees, to look after your financial or property affairs, including any legal matter that relates to your financial or property affairs.

Your attorney can:

  • assist with your day-to-day finances
  • pay your bills
  • manage your property
  • arrange for your tax returns to be completed

An Enduring Power of Attorney for personal matters enables you to choose a trusted friend or family member to make certain personal decisions.

  • where you live
  • who you live with
  • what education or training you receive
  • whether you go on holiday and where you go

How can State Trustees help?

There are two ways State Trustees can help you prepare your Powers of Attorney:

  • Book an appointment –You can book an appointment with a professional from State Trustees across a number of locations in Victoria by calling 1300 138 672 or by enquiring online.
  • Do it yourself with a Legal Power of Attorney Kit online– A State Trustees Power of Attorney Kit is an easy and convenient way to help ensure your assets will be distributed according to your wishes. It is an instantly downloadable and printable pdf template with a planning guide and easy to follow step by step instruction guide. This option suits those with straight forward circumstances.

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