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

For more information about the power of attorney, see the following resources published by the Office of the Public Advocate:

  • OPA 2021, Take control
  • OPA 2020, Questions for your lawyer
  • OPA 2020, Future planning for decision-making and the law in Victoria: A resource for lawyers who practise in future planning
  • OPA 2020, Supported decision-making in Victoria
  • OPA 2019, You decide who decides: Making an enduring power for financial decisions
  • OPA 2018, Side by Side: A guide for people wanting support to make decisions
  • OPA 2017, Your voice: Trust your choice – tips for seniors making enduring powers of attorney.
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