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

What is an enduring power of attorney?

Created by the Powers of Attorney Act 2014 (Vic), an enduring power of attorney is a written document that a principal uses to authorise an attorney to make decisions about their financial and personal matters.

The purpose of the appointment is to enable the attorney to make decisions for the principal if the principal loses the capacity to make those decisions.

The ‘enduring power of attorney appointment’ form is available from the Office of the Public Advocate’s website.

There is no process to register an enduring power of attorney.

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