There may be a time when it's necessary to appoint someone to manage your financial, medical or personal affairs. This may be due to an immediate short-term need, such as an extended overseas trip, or a long-term plan for someone aged or with a disability or illness.
Power of attorney
This is a legal document appointing someone you choose to manage your financial affairs in certain situations while you are still able to manage your own affairs. For example, if you were going overseas for an extended period, signing a power of attorney enables someone you trust to act on your behalf while you're away.
Engage a solicitor to complete a power of attorney for you.
Enduring power of attorney
This is a legal document where you appoint a person of your choice to manage your assets and financial affairs if you are unable to do so due to illness, an accident or your absence.
The Public Trustee can prepare your documentation if you appoint them as your attorney or you can engage a solicitor to prepare your documentation.
Enduring power of guardianship
This is a legal document where you appoint a person of your choice to make medical and lifestyle decisions for you should you become incapable of doing so.
The Public Trustee can prepare the documentation to appoint an enduring guardian of your choice or you can engage a solicitor.Public Trustee website
Do it yourself options
Medical power of attorney
A medical power of attorney allows you to appoint someone to make decisions about your medical treatment if you become mentally or physically incapable of deciding for yourself.
Get advice from your local Legal Services Commission office on how to complete your own or phone 1300 366 424.
An anticipatory direction outlines your preferences for medical treatment if one day you cannot decide for yourself. It will only apply if you are in the final stage of a terminal illness or in a persistent vegetative state. It can be used as a stand-alone document or accompany the medical power of attorney or enduring power of guardianship.
Other websitesLaw Handbook
- Legal Services Commission of SAOffice of the Public Advocate