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Enduring Power of Attorney provides support when needed

Attorney-General Cameron Dick said Law Week (17-23 May 2010) was an ideal time to consider appointing an Enduring Power of Attorney.

“Appointing an Enduring Power of Attorney helps to ensure your personal affairs and wishes are carried out should you be unable to manage these decisions,” Mr Dick said.

“Unlike a general power of attorney, the powers under an Enduring Power of Attorney continue in the event you lose the capacity to make decisions for yourself.

“You can appoint one or several persons to deal with your financial and personal health matters if you are ever unable to make your own decisions, due to illness or accident.”

Mr Dick explained a personal or health care attorney could make decisions such as where you live, who you live with, daily issues such as diet and dress and giving approval for you to receive certain types of healthcare.

“While it can be hard imagining the need for an Enduring Power of Attorney, open discussions with family members and close friends can help you to explore options for you and any particular wishes you may have,” he said.

“For personal and health care matters, it is important to choose a close family member or friend who is aware of your personal and health care needs and wishes.

“If there is no one available for you, the Adult Guardian is an independent statutory officer who can be appointed to look after the interests of people with impaired capacity to make decisions.

“The Public Trustee is able to act as an attorney for financial matters, ensuring your financial affairs are managed in a safe and secure matter,” Mr Dick said.

Visit The Public Trustee for more information.

Seniors can find out more information about Enduring Power of Attorney at the Brisbane Magistrates Court open day on Saturday 22 May.

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Last reviewed
10 May 2010
Last updated
5 November 2015

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