Enduring Powers of Attorney

An Enduring Power of Attorney is a document which allows you to give to another person the power to make decisions on your behalf.  The decision making power can be in relation to your financial matters and/or health matters.  You can impose conditions and limitations upon the grant of power. 

The need for an Enduring Power of Attorney commonly arises when a person is too ill to make or communicate their decisions, or to organise their own health or financial matters.  It can also arise if a person is planning to travel for an extended period of time and they require someone to manage their financial affairs in their absence.

As a threshold issue, in order to make an Enduring Power of Attorney, you must have the capacity to make decisions.  If your decision making capacity diminishes, then you will not be able to make an Enduring Power of Attorney.  For this reason, we recommend you make an Enduring Power of Attorney as soon as possible to ensure your financial and health matters will be overseen by a person of your choice in the event you are not able to take care of such matters for yourself.