An enduring power of attorney is a good idea in cases of any sudden or gradual onset of a disabling condition. The differences of general powers of attorney, enduring powers of attorney and guardianship are explained.


Philip Grano

Principal Legal Officer, Office of the Public Advocate

More information about powers of attorney

Last updated

1 July 2020

For more information about the power of attorney, see the following booklets:

  • OPA 2020, Take control of your future decision-making: An introduction.
  • OPA 2020, Take control: A guide for making enduring powers of attorney.
  • OPA 2018, Guide for attorneys.
  • OPA 2018, Side by side: A guide to appointing supportive attorneys.
  • OPA 2017, Supported decision-making in Victoria: A guide for families.
  • OPA 2017, Your voice: Trust your choice – tips for seniors making enduring powers of attorney.
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