Power of Attorney kit (ACT)
Power of Attorney kit (ACT)
Get all the forms and information you need to appoint a trusted decision-maker for all types of matters in one simple to use kit.
✓ General power of attorney & revocation
✓ Enduring power of attorney form
✓ Health Direction
✓ Information book (PDF)
✓ Step-by-step instructions
✓ Simple explanation of the law
✓ Easy to complete
About this kit
No one likes to think about it, but there may come a time when you suffer from a serious accident or illness, and this could occur at any age. With a few simple legal forms, you can name the persons that you trust to take care of important decisions while saving your loved ones from potentially costly and stressful court actions.
Use the Quick Laws Power of Attorney kit to:
Name someone to make your medical and personal decisions if you can't
Set out your wishes for future health care, and
Appoint a trusted person to take care of your legal and financial matters.
With step-by-step instructions, our information guide written by an Australian Lawyer will show you how to plan for the future by preparing these official Australian Capital Territory forms:
Enduring Power of Attorney - Word - easy to edit and complete
Allows you to appoint someone that you trust to handle your financial, legal, medical, personal or lifestyle affairs, and will continue to operate should you lose your decision-making ability.
General Power of Attorney & Revocation: Word - easy to edit and complete
Gives someone the power to take care of your financial/legal affairs while you still have the capacity to make these same decisions.
NOW WITH A FREE Health Direction form to set out your wishes for future health care should you ever be unable to speak for yourself.
What issues are covered?
The information guide covers the following issues:
Different types of Powers of Attorney
Explanation of different types of matters
Who can be an Attorney
What an Attorney can and cannot do
How to complete a Power of Attorney
How to sign a Power of Attorney to ensure its valid.
DIY Power of Attorney - How does it work?
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What is a Power of Attorney? . . .
A Power of Attorney is a legal document that appoints another person to manage your affairs and act on your behalf. This may include handling your financial/legal matters, medical/health care matters and/or lifestyle/personal matters. Personal matters include very intimate choices about things like where you live and what you wear and eat. The person you appoint is called an 'Attorney.' This is an expression and it does not mean that the person is a Lawyer or Solicitor.
Can I make a POA? . . .
You must be over the age of 18 years and have capacity (i.e. know what you are doing) to make a valid Power of Attorney. If you have a medical condition that effects your decision making ability, you should seek formal legal advice from a qualified person. You can only make your own Power of Attorney. You cannot make a Power of Attorney for someone else unless you are that person's legal representative.
What are the different types? . . .
There are 2 different types of Powers of Attorney, a General Power of Attorney and an Enduring Power of Attorney. A General Power of Attorney is used to appoint someone to make your financial/legal decisions but stops if you have impaired decision making ability. An Enduring Power of Attorney is used for financial/legal, personal or medical decisions and continues to operate if you have impaired decision making ability.
Why do I need a POA? . . .
An Enduring Power of Attorney can give you peace of mind as it gives you control over who you want to look after your important affairs should anything ever happen to you. If you ever suffer a serious accident or illness and don't have an Enduring Power of Attorney in place, a Court can appoint someone to act on your behalf. This is also done at a time when you are most vulnerable.
How do I sign a POA? . . .
Most legal documents need to be signed and witnessed. This includes a Power of Attorney. Most states in Australia prohibit the electronic signing of a Power of Attorney. It's best to arrange for at least one authorised witness to watch you sign a Power of Attorney. Whether a witness is authorised depends on where you live. The specific signing instructions are different between each state. Our forms include simple to follow signing instructions, that are tailored to each state.
Can I sign a POA if I have a disability? . . .
In some circumstances, you can have someone sign on your behalf, though there are special rules that apply, depending on the state where you live. The forms include this provision if needed. However, the witness must be satisfied that the person making the Power of Attorney understands the effect of the document they are signing. A Power of Attorney is a powerful document. You are giving someone the power to deal with important matters on your behalf, such as transferring property or making life-changing decisions about your medical treatment. You should understand the powerful nature of this document and the effect that it has.
I gave my nephew an Enduring POA, does this include the power to make decisions about medical treatment? . . .
This will depend on the specific wishes stated in the Enduring POA. It may also depend on the law in your state. For example, in South Australia, an Enduring POA has now been replaced by an Advance Personal Plan.
Can I appoint more than 1 person as my Attorney? . . .
In general, yes. You can appoint more than one person if you wish. You can appoint each person to make decisions about separate matters (“severally”) or about all matters for which they will need to agree (“jointly”). However, in some states, you can only appoint one person to make decisions about medical treatment.
Does a General POA last after I have had an accident and I am unable to make decisions for myself? . . .
No. The power automatically cancels when you lose your decision-making ability. An Enduring POA operates when you can't make decisions for yourself.
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