Powers of Attorney
At Cassab & Associates Solicitors we can assist you in preparing or cancelling a Power of Attorney and Guardianship.
A Power of Attorney is a legal document which people frequently use when they are travelling overseas appointing another person to act on their behalf during their absence or at a time when they might be incapacitated by illness.
An Enduring Power of Attorney enables you to nominate a person to make decisions about your assets and financial affairs on a lasting basis. Unlike a standard Power of Attorney, an Enduring Power of Attorney can remain legally enforced even if you become of unsound mind or otherwise legally incapacitated. At Cassab & Associates Solicitors we can assist you in the drafting and registration of an Enduring Power of Attorney under the Powers of Attorney Act 2003.
At the time of preparing your Power of Attorney instructions will be sought from you as to whether you wish the Power of Attorney to be an enduring Power of Attorney and the document will be drafted accordingly.
Powers of Attorney can either come into effect immediately or at some future point in time depending on your wishes.
A person making a Power of Attorney must be mentally capable of understanding the nature of the document that they are signing and its effects.
In addition to Powers of Attorney at Cassab & Associates Solicitors, we can assist you in preparing documents appointing an enduring guardianship.
Whilst a Power of Attorney document deals with financial matters, the appointment of an enduring guardian is a legal document whereby you grant the right to another person to make decisions on your behalf in regards to your health, lifestyle and living arrangements. This usually comes into effect when you have lost the ability to make decisions for yourself.
The appointment of an enduring guardian may prove critical at times when you have lost the mental ability to make decisions for yourself and your appointed guardian can be asked to make decisions necessary to carry out your wishes in regards to medical treatment options.
Both a Power of Attorney and an Enduring Guardianship can be revoked or changed but this must be carried out in a legally binding way. So please ensure you seek legal advice. Contact us.