Enduring Power of Attorney

Enduring Power of Attorney

This legal document is used for appointing a substitute decision maker called an attorney to make legal and financial decisions.  You can appoint more than one person to make decisions jointly, separately or in some form of hierarchy. You can set out guidelines in your document for your attorney(s) to follow.

When preparing this document you can choose to have your attorneys take over responsibility as soon as you sign the document or for it only to come into force should you lose mental capacity.

Your attorney(s) can pay your bills, monitor your income, manage your investments and deal in real estate matters on your behalf.

It is important that you choose someone that you trust to act as your attorney.

These documents can be purchased from Service SA, Legal Services Commission or the Office of the Public Advocate at a cost of $22.00. Alternatively you can approach a lawyer to draw up an Enduring Power of Attorney.