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Why do I need an enduring power of attorney?
Your Last Will and Testament only operates from your death. If you are unable to make decisions for yourself due to illness or injury the ability of those close to you to make decisions for your ongoing welfare can be significanlty impaired unless they have power to act on your behalf. Additionally if you are overseas and need documents signed, a power of attorney can conveniently facilitate this.
Our “1,2,3 Qld Enduring Power of Attorney” process
1. You fill out our Enduring Power of Attorney Instruction Sheet and return it to us before your appointment. We will email this to you (on request).
2. We provide a fixed fee quote. If you accept the quote we then produce a draft Enduring Power of Attorney and email it to you.
3. You meet with one of our lawyers (in person or by phone) to go though your Instructions and the draft Enduring Power of Attorney. Your Enduring Power of Attorney is then amended (if need be).
Email Bronwyn Beveridge of our office now and ask for for a Enduring Power of Attorney Instruction Sheet.
Don’t want to use the 1,2,3 process
We understand that some clients don’t want to fill out forms. That’s fine. For an initial consultation fee one of our solicitors can keep an initial conference with you on the phone (or in person) provide advice and guidance and take down your instructions. Please let us know if you would like a quote for an Initial Estate Planning and Enduring Power of Attorney Instruction taking consultation and we will be happy to provide one to you.
Why an ENDURING power of attorney?
A general power of attorney ceases to operate if the giver of the power ceases to have capacity to make decisions for themselves. An enduring power of attorney specifically overcomes this by enduring through any period of incapacity.
What decisions can my attorney make for me?
Generally, attorneys are appointed for three broad areas of decision making:
- Health matters
- Personal matters (for example, where you shall live)
- Financial matters
Your power of attorney can be written to suit your individual requirements to provide specific direction to your attorneys and limit the powers given to them if required.
Can I change or revoke my enduring power of attorney?
Yes, as long as you have capacity to make a new enduring power of attorney.
A new enduring power of attorney revokes an old one
In Queensland, an enduring power of attorney will be revoked by a later enduring document to the extent of any inconsistency with the earlier document (section 50 Powers of Attorney Act 1988 (Qld)). No similar provision exists for non-enduring powers of attorney.
Enduring Power of Attorney making at the Royal Brisbane Hospital
We are often asked to see clients (including the clients of other lawyers) at the Royal Brisbane Hospital. We are happy to do so.
Send us an email or give us a call (07) 3252 0011 and ask for one our lawyers. Will this cost me? No – there will be no costs until we have told you what they will be and you have agreed.