It is in almost everyone’s best interests to have given someone full authority to deal with their legal and financial affairs (a financial attorney) so they can undertake appropriate actions in a timely manner if you were to lose capacity.
If you do not have an enduring power of attorney in place, no one is appointed legally to act on your behalf and manage your assets such as your bank account or superannuation at a time when you are already vulnerable and need it most.
For a power of attorney to remain valid after you lose your capacity, you must make an ‘enduring’ power of attorney while you still retain capacity. Our legal professionals specialise in the creation of these documents and will ensure they are very clear in outlining your wishes.
Who can you appoint as your financial attorney?
Some people appoint a close family member or friend as their financial attorney, without realising the extent of the burden they are placing on that person. There are many tasks to perform, and it can also be emotionally draining where there are disputes over the management of your financial and legal affairs.
It is possible that person may not always have the time or expertise to act in your best interests, no matter how well intended they are.
For this reason, many people choose to appoint a trustee company such as Australian Unity Trustees to act as their financial attorney.
You will be our client and our duty of care will therefore always be to you – ensuring your wishes are always observed.
As your financial attorney, we will also liaise with your circle of support as appropriate to ensure they understand your wishes and the process, and answer any questions they may have.
The Client Manager dedicated to you will ensure your best interests are at the forefront of all decisions made on your behalf.
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If you have been appointed as a financial attorney and are looking for assistance and guidance, the Australian Unity Trustees Attorney Assist service can help you in your role. We have the specialist legal, financial and taxation advice to provide you with the tools and skills you need to get the best outcomes.
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