If your client had an accident or suffered an illness, who would make financial decisions on their behalf?
A power of attorney is a legal document that allows your client to nominate someone they trust to make financial decisions on their behalf if they become unable to do so.
A popular misconception is that a person’s partner can make financial decisions and manage that person’s assets. However, unless a formal power of attorney has previously been granted, these decisions may revert to a government agency instead. Having a power of attorney in place lets your client nominate the person they want to make the decisions; it basically protects their interests.
Depending on state and territory laws, as well as a client’s circumstances, a power of attorney can operate in different ways:
One of our estate planning lawyers can work in partnership with you to establish a power of attorney for a client, giving them peace of mind that someone they trust will manage their financial and legal affairs when they can no longer do so.
For more information on powers of attorney, please call us on 1800 882 218.