Enduring Power of Attorney
Information on what an Enduring Power of Attorney does, how to appoint one and where to store your document.
About Enduring Power of Attorney
An Enduring Power of Attorney authorises someone to make legal and financial decisions for you when you’re not able to yourself.
This could be because you may have lost the capacity to do so due to a serious illness or injury.
The legal document that outlines and authorises someone to manage legal and financial affairs on your behalf is an Enduring Power of Attorney. It:
- must be witnessed by a prescribed witness, which includes solicitors, certain employees of NSW Trustee & Guardian, Registrars of the Local Court, and others
- should be prepared in advance while you have capacity to do so
- ceases to have force when you die.
Typical actions an Enduring Power of Attorney might take include:
- paying your bills
- signing legal documents
- selling or purchasing assets
- managing your money
- accessing bank accounts.
You're able to specify any conditions and limitations that they must abide by.
Learn more about Enduring Power of Attorney at Legal Answers.
Store your Enduring Power of Attorney document in a safe place so that it can be accessed when needed. You can give a copy to both:
- your solicitor
- the person or organisation you've delegated as Enduring Power of Attorney.
You can also store your Enduring Power of Attorney, and other end of life planning documents, for a fee with NSW Trustee & Guardian.
End of Life Planner
An interactive guide to help you prepare for end of life tasks and documents before you meet with a professional advisor. This includes will preparation, Enduring Power of Attorney, Enduring Guardianship, funeral wishes and more.
You will need to log in to your MyServiceNSW Account to use the planner.
We're now directing you to log in to the Life Administrator – End of Life Planner. You'll need a MyServiceNSW Account to continue.
Why should I log in?
By logging in you're able to:
- start the planning process
- update and save your information whenever circumstances change
- find ways to get professional advice if you need it.