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Powers of attorney

Better understand your options and how to go about getting the right documents in place for your needs with this new Australian guide to powers of attorney.

Last updated: 3 May 2022
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Introduction to enduring power of attorney

Sometimes, older people may become less able to make decisions for themselves. If you lose the ability to manage your own affairs, how will they be handled?

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Future planning

Future planning is about taking steps now to maximise your independence and wellbeing in older age.

Making an Enduring Power of Attorney webinar

Watch the webinar recording below to better understand your options and how to go about getting the right documents in place for your needs.

This webinar covered the following topics:

  • What an Enduring Power of Attorney is and the key things you need to think about when creating one? Starting the process? What it should include? Plus loads of other helpful tips.

  • Capacity and why it’s so important and how it is determined?

  • How you go about choosing the right Attorney

  • What’s involved to be an Attorney for someone, including what makes a good attorney and common mistakes.

  • The factors that LGBTQIA+ people and other community groups should consider

Karen Williams – Panelist

John Chesterman – Panelist

Dr Patricia Reyes – Panelist

Philippa McDonald – Moderator

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Being an attorney

An attorney has both the duty and the privilege of enabling another person to live the life they wanted to lead by unde...

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Choosing an attorney

The person you appoint as your attorney in your enduring power of attorney may need to make important financial decisio...

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LGBTQIA+ people and enduring power of attorney

It is critical that LGBTQIA+ people appoint an attorney who will respect their sexuality and/or gender identity when ma...

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Your rights and enduring power of attorney

Everyone has recognised rights that don’t expire as you age, regardless if you live alone or with others, have capacity...

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Helpful terms to know

The following are terms that you’ll find as you read information about powers of attorney. Some terms are the same acro...

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Frequently asked questions

Even if you have an idea of what enduring powers of attorney are and how they can help you, you may still have questions to ask or things you’re not sure about.

Use this checklist to guide you through the process of making an enduring power of attorney

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A comprehensive guide to Powers of Attorney in Australia

A comprehensive guide to Powers of Attorney in Australia

Better understand your options and how to go about getting the right documents in place for your needs with this new Au...

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Making an Enduring Power of Attorney Podcast

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Making an Enduring Power of Attorney

Better understand your options and how to go about getting the right documents in place for your needs. Hear from Karen Williams (ADA Law), Dr Patricia Reyes (Consultant Geriatrician at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney) and John Chesterman (Public Advocate, Queensland) as they discuss the ins and outs of preparing an Enduring Power of Attorney document.
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