Power of Attorney kit (QLD)
Power of Attorney kit (QLD)
Appoint someone that you trust to make personal, financial or medical decisions on your behalf. Use this kit to make all the power of attorney forms you need.
✓ General power of attorney
✓ Enduring power of attorney
✓ Easy to complete
✓ Step by step instructions
✓ Information booklet
✓ Prescribed and up-to-date forms
What forms are in this kit?
This kit includes an information guide written by an expert Lawyer in plain language and the following forms:
Enduring Power of Attorney (Long and short form): Easy to complete Word template
Appoint someone to make your medical/personal or financial decisions when you are unable to speak for yourself. Includes Revocation of EPA form.
General Power of Attorney: Easy to complete Word template
Appoint someone to make your legal/financial decisions whilst you can still make and communicate your own wishes. For example, you may want to give someone a General Power of Attorney to purchase a property whilst you are overseas. Includes Revocation of POA form.
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 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 Queensland?
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. There is also a long form and short form of an enduring power of attorney.
What is the difference between the short and long form?
An Enduring Power of Attorney can be made in short or long form. The short form is used when you want to appoint an Attorney or Attorneys for the same types of matters. The long form is used when you want to appoint different Attorneys for the different types of matters.
Can an Enduring POA be used to make medical decisions?
Yes. In QLD, you can use an Enduring Power of Attorney to appoint a person to make your financial, personal or medical/health care decisions.
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. A POA must be signed by the Principal in the presence of a witness. For an Enduring Power of Attorney, the witnesses must be a person authorised to witness statutory declarations. A full list of authorised witnesses is inlcuded with all of our documents and kits.
Does a POA have to be 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.