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Guardianship & Power of Attorney

BTF Lawyers believes that all competent adults should make the decision as to who they want to make lifestyle or personal decisions for them when they are no longer able to do so. BTF Lawyers encourage all our clients to make that decision earlier rather than later. All adults over the age of 18 years are entitled to make their own decisions.

Guardianship:

Is the appointment of a person (an ‘enduring guardian’) to make decisions for an adult (the ‘appointer’) when they are unable to do so. A guardian has the authority to make lifestyle or personal decisions for someone who is incapable of making these decisions for them. Lifestyle or personal decisions may include where someone lives, what medical treatment they receive and what services they need.

General Power of Attorney:

This is a legal document that a person can use:

  • to appoint and individual or others as their attorney to make legal and financial decisions for them;
  • who is over the age of 18 years and is not bankrupt;
  • will be for a specified period of time.

If a power of attorney is required for the life of the principal then an Enduring Power of Attorney is required.

Enduring Power of Attorney:

Is a document that was signed by the principal that gives the same authority as a General Power of Attorney but is created to extend that power to apply, when the principal can no longer manage his or her affairs or cannot understand a document that they is signing.

BTF Lawyers understands the importance of making such decisions and will help their clients understand the importance of such documentation. Contact BTF lawyers on 9617 0737 for a free initial consultation.

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