A Power of Attorney is a legal document that allows you to appoint another person or organisation to make decisions on your behalf if you become unable to do it yourself. If you want another person, often a member of your family, to act on your behalf in making financial or medical decisions, you will need to give them Power of Attorney over your affairs.
Making a Power of Attorney allows you to plan ahead and are often created alongside a Will. There are two types of Power of Attorney, one for Property and Affairs and another for Health and Welfare. The documents come into effect when they are registered at the office of the Public Guardian.
A Property and Affairs Power of Attorney allows the nominated person to deal with your money, bills and other assets including any property and land. There are options that allow you to restrict the amount of power. A Power of Attorney relating to Health and Welfare allows the nominated person to deal with your decisions relating to your health such as operations, medical care, residential or nursing home placements.
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