If you experience an accident or illness you may lose the capacity, either temporarily or permanently to make decisions about matters such as your medical treatment, financial or personal matters.

Making an ‘Enduring Power of Attorney’ while you still have capacity gives you choice and control of who will make these decisions on your behalf.

The Office of the Public Advocate recommends that everyone over the age of 18 has an Enduring Power of Attorney in place.

There are other types of appointments too. If you have a disability then you could appoint a Supportive Attorney and give another person power to access information for organisations (such as hospitals, banks and utility providers) to give effect or communicate your own decisions. Or if you’re travelling overseas for a period of time, you may want to appoint a General Non-Enduring Power of Attorney to have the ability to manage your financial affairs while you’re away. This type of appointment ceases to take effect if you lose decision-making capacity.

Grainger Legal can help you to make a Power of Attorney, whatever your situation. Contact us to discuss your requirements.