Power of Attorney kit (ACT)
Power of Attorney kit (ACT)
Get all the forms and information you need to appoint a trusted decision-maker in one simple to use kit.
✓ General power of attorney & revocation
✓ Enduring power of attorney form
✓ Information booklet (PDF)
✓ Step-by-step instructions
✓ Simple explanation of the law
Version 3, Last updated May 2018
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.
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. A full list of eligible witnesses and step-by-step signing instructions are included with this kit.
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