Planning ahead

Power of attorney

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 an aged person or someone 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 affairs - an extended overseas trip or a hospital stay.

Further information about a power of attorney is available from the Legal Services Commission of South Australia.

Power of attorney form

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.

Further information about an enduring power of attorney is available from the Legal Services Commission of South Australia.

Enduring power of attorney form

How to make a power of attorney

There a few ways you can make a power of attorney / enduring power of attorney:

  • The Public Trustee can prepare your documentation if you appoint them as your attorney.
  • You can engage a solicitor - find a lawyer near you on the Law Society of SA website.
  • You can purchase a kit that includes detailed instructions on how to complete your enduring power of attorney from Service SA either online or in person at:
    108 North Terrace, Adelaide
    Phone - 13 23 24.

Related information

Downloads

Revocation of power of attorney form


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Page last updated 15 October 2018

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