Power of Attorney kit (NT)
Power of Attorney kit (NT)
Appoint someone you trust to make decisions on your behalf. Use this kit to create all the power of attorney forms you need, helping you to save time, money and stress.
✓ Easy to complete forms
✓ Step-by-step instructions
✓ Simple explanation of the law
✓ Information booklet
✓ Type or handwrite
✓ State specific and up-to-date
✓ Registration form
What forms are included in the kit?
This kit includes an information booklet written by an expert lawyer in plain language and all the current forms you need to make your own POA if you live in the Northern Territory, including:
Advance Personal Plan: Fillable PDF with instructions
Give another person the power to manage your legal/financial or medical/personal/lifestyle matters which continues to operate if you are unable to speak for yourself. Includes application to register.
General Power of Attorney: Easy to complete Word form
Gives another person the power to manage your legal and financial matters for a limited time.
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 IT WORKS
- Download and save to your computer
- Complete the document following the instructions
- Print and sign
- 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 financial affairs and act on your behalf. 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. In the Northern Territory, you can no longer appoint an Enduring Attorney and you must appoint a Decision-Maker in an Advanced Personal Plan if you want someone to make your decisions when you have impaired capacity.
What are the different types in the NT?
In the NT, there are 2 main types of Powers of Attorney, a General and Advanced Personal Plan. A General Power of Attorney is used to appoint a person to make your financial decisions and is automatically cancelled if your decision making ability becomes impaired. An Advanced Personal Plan can be used to appoint a person or people to make financial, medical and personal decisions and continues to operate if your decision making ability becomes impaired. You can also give specific directions about your medical treatment to your medical treatment providers at the end of your life.
Why do I need an Advanced Personal Plan?
If there is no APP in place, a guardianship order will need to be made in order to control a person's affairs when they are no longer able to make or communicate their decisions. 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 APP will help you to appoint a person that you trust to handle your affairs.
Does a POA have to be witnessed?
Yes. In the NT, an APP must be signed by the Donor in the presence of 2 authorised witnesses. A full list of authorised witnesses is inlcuded with our documents and kits.
Does a POA have to registered?
If you want your Attorney to deal with land or real estate, your POA or APP 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.