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.
- With a General Non-enduring Power of Attorney, you can appoint an attorney in relation to financial matters. It ceases to be effective if the principal no longer has capacity.
State Trustees can help you with preparing Powers of Attorney and Medical Treatment Decision Maker document.
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.
Appointing an attorney
State Trustees can assist you in Enduring Power of Attorney for financial 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. An Enduring Power of Attorney for personal matters enables you to choose a trusted friend or family member to make certain personal decisions.
Your attorney can:
- 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 prepare your Powers of Attorney and Medical Treatment Decision Maker documments:
- Book an appointment to prepare Power of Attorney documents –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 submitting a form 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 that decisions can be made on your behalf, by someone you trust, if you become incapable of making them. 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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