Power of Attorney kit (ACT)
Power of Attorney kit (ACT)
Appoint someone that you trust to make important decisions on your behalf, including medical, personal and financial decisions. Use this kit to create all the power of attorney forms that you need. We take pride that our forms are regularly reviewed and up-to-date with ongoing changes to the law.
✓ General power of attorney & revocation
✓ Enduring power of attorney
✓ Prescribed and up-to-date forms
✓ Step-by-step instructions
✓ Simple explanation of the law
✓ Information booklet
What forms are included with the kit?
This kit includes an information guide, written by an expert Lawyer in plain language and the following forms:
Enduring Power of Attorney - Word form - easy to edit and complete
Appoint someone you trust to handle your financial, legal, medical, personal or lifestyle affairs, which continues to operate should you lose decision-making ability.
General Power of Attorney & Revocation: Word template - easy to edit and complete
Give someone the power to take care of your financial/legal affairs while you still have the capacity to make these same decisions.
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.
How does it work?
- Download the kit
- Save to your computer and follow the instructions
- Sign your POA.
- Register your POA (if required).
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.
What are the different types in the ACT?
In the ACT, there are 2 main types of Powers of Attorney, a General and Enduring Power of Attorney. A General Power of Attorney is used to appoint a person to make your financial/legal decisions and is automatically cancelled if your decision making ability becomes impaired. An Enduring Power of Attorney can be used to appoint a person to make financial, medical and personal decisions and continues to operate if your decision making ability becomes impaired.
Can an Enduring POA be used to make medical decisions?
Yes. In the ACT, you can use an Enduring Power of Attorney to appoint a person to make your financial, personal or medical/health care decisions. With the new changes to the legislation, you can also appoint a person to make decisions about your particpation in medical research and experimental health care if you suffer a serious accident or illness and are unable to speak for yourself.
Why do I need an Enduring Power of Attorney?
If there is no Enduring Power of Attorney in place, a guardianship order may need to be made to control a person's affairs. For most people, it's preferable to have the choice about who will act on their behalf, rather than allow that decision to be made by a Court, where the person has little say and no control over the process. A valid POA will help you to appoint a person that you trust to handle your affairs, instead of giving that power to the Courts.
Does a POA have to be witnessed?
Yes. In the ACT, a POA must be signed by the principal in the presence of 2 witnesses. For an Enduring Power of Attorney, one of the witnesses must be a person authorised to witness statutory declarations. A full list of eligible witnesses is inlcuded with all of our documents and kits.
Does a POA have to registered?
If you want your Attorney to deal with land or real estate, your POA document should be registered with the land titles office where the land is held. There is usually a small fee to register a POA document.