General Power of Attorney (PoA)
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About this general power of attorney
This general power of attorney template (also called an ordinary power of attorney and sometimes referred to as a PoA) allows you to give authority to someone else to make decisions and act on your behalf. It specifies certain powers which the attorney is to have during a certain time period, or until the power is revoked.
The general power of attorney document specifies both the powers that you grant and the time period during which the attorney has those powers.
With this template, you have complete flexibility as to who to nominate as your attorney, the powers that you delegate and how they should be used, and the time period. You can also specific the matters you don’t want the attorney to have power over.
This document has become effective once it is signed (or at a later date, if you say so in the document).
When to use this general power of attorney
You can only grant the power of attorney to do things that you already have the right and capacity to do yourself. You can’t use it to allow the attorney to make decisions about your welfare.
It is useful because it provides flexibility – you choose the what, how, where, when and who.
Often, a general power of attorney (PoA) is used when:
- you are abroad but need someone to manage your financial and legal affairs at home (such as buying or selling property) .
- you want to allow someone to perform a specific task on your behalf on a regular basis (such paying your bills in your name from your bank account) .
- you want to allow someone with greater knowledge of a subject to act on your behalf (e.g. an estate agent to negotiate buying a house).
You do not have to register this general power of attorney with anyone or any organisation. The attorney must be notified to make a revocation effective.
We have different states versions of this form please select your jurisdiction before making purchase so that you should have the applicable version to your state.
Features and contents
- Names and details of donor and attorney
- Reference to the relevant prescribed State legislation
- Examples of what the attorney might be given the power to do
- Signatures of donor, attorney and witness
- Explanatory notes to guide you.
This document was written by a solicitor for Net Lawman. It complies with current Australian law.
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