Powers of Attorney and Advance Health Directives

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Who will make decisions for you?

Regardless of your age or health, everyone should have an Enduring Power of Attorney so that if you lose the ability to make decisions, someone can step in and take care of things for you.

We can help you understand what it means to have an Enduring Power of Attorney and an Advance Health Directive; and if you wish to proceed, we can draft these documents for you.

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Enduring Power of Attorney

An Enduring Power of Attorney is a powerful document through which you grant power to a trusted loved one, adviser or friend to make financial and/or health related decisions on your behalf.

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What you need to know

  • As the name suggests, an Enduring Power of Attorney endures in the event that you become mentally or physically incapacitated
  • This is unlike a General Power of Attorney which is null and void should this occur
  • You can limit the power you give so that it is used only in the event that you lose the capability to make decisions yourself, or it can be an open-ended power
  • There are also instances where an Enduring Power of Attorney will partially or completely automatically come to an end, such as if you get married, divorced or pass away
  • You should always keep in mind that changes may need to be made in certain situations or new documents prepared.
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Advance Health Directive

An Advance Health Directive is a formal way to give instructions about your future health care. These documents are sometimes called ‘Living Wills’. They come into effect if your cognitive health deteriorates and you lose capacity to make your own decisions. We can advise you on drafting and using an Advance Health Directive.

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Plan your next move

Contact us today to find out how we can help you with your Will and Estate planning needs.

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Don’t wait any longer to get the right advice

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