Power of Attorney

An enduring power of attorney is a very important document and could be considered just as important as your will as it expresses your instructions and preferences relating to your care, assets and events of daily life.  The power of attorney allows you to nominate a person as your ‘attorney’ to make such decisions on your behalf.  It also allows you to provide instructions and preferences relating to your personal, financial and health matters in the event you are no longer able to make those decisions yourself.  (E.g. dementia, coma etc)

There are a number of rules surrounding the appointment of an ‘attorney’ in Queensland.  These rule include:

The attorney must:

a) Be over 18 years of age

b) Someone you trust

c) Has capacity to understand fully what the appointment means

d) Is capable of looking after your affairs

The attorney must NOT:

a) Be your paid carer or health care provider

b) Be bankrupt

c) Be your service provider for a residential service where you are a resident  E.g. Aged care facility.