Enduring Powers of Attorney: Roles & Responsibilities

If you have appointed someone as an attorney, or have been appointed yourself, its important to know the roles and responsibilities of an attorney. Understanding the attorney role can help you understand:

  • What your rights are if you have appointed someone as your attorney
  • If someone may be potentially acting outside their attorney powers  

Resources from ADA Australia

source: ADA Australia

"In Queensland people have the option of creating a legal document called an Enduring Power of Attorney to nominate others to act on their behalf and make decisions for them if they are unable.  These decisions may include personal, health or financial decisions, which may be simple or complex.

The role of Attorney can be confusing.  It is recognised there has been a lack of education specifically developed to assist Attorneys to understand their legal duties and responsibilities.

To make it easier for Attorneys to act appropriately in their role as decision maker, ADA Australia with the support of the Queensland government have created resources.

ADA Australia in consultation with a broad range of stakeholders and funding from the Queensland Government’s Department of Justice and Attorney General. The resources can assist Attorneys to understand the EPOA document, any terms and when and how to make decisions for another.  It can also help support those who may be considering agreeing to the role of becoming someone’s Attorney, to understand more about the role and what will be required of them should the EPOA become active."

ADA Australia's resources can be accessed by clicking here. On this page you will find: