Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA)

An EPA allows a person to act for another person in respect of financial and property matters. An EPA survives your mental incapacity, so that if you have an accident and you are left in a coma, or some other event causes you to be mentally incapable of handling your financial affairs, your attorney can continue to act on your behalf.

We recommend that your EPA should be effective immediately, to avoid having to obtain a declaration of mental incapacity from the State Administrative Tribunal. However, this means your attorney can act on your behalf immediately, so you must have absolute trust in your attorney.

If you want to learn more about an EPA, download the Enduring Power of Attorney Guide and see the Public Advocate’s website.

The EPA guide includes a form which you can complete yourself. However, if you would like us to assist, please contact us or download the EPA instruction sheet from this page, complete it, and send it to us. We can then prepare an EPA for you, after giving you a quote

Enduring Power of Guardianship (EPG)

An Enduring Power of Guardianship allows your enduring guardian to make lifestyle and medical treatment decisions. However, unlike an EPA, an EPG only comes into force if you become mentally incapable of making reasonable decisions about your own lifestyle and medical treatment. We recommend having both an EPA and an EPG.

If you want to learn more about an EPG, download the Enduring Power of Guardianship Guide, and see the Public Advocate’s website.

The EPG guide includes a form which you can complete yourself. However, if you would like us to assist, please contact us or download the EPG instruction sheet from this page, complete it, and send it to us. We can then prepare an EPG for you, after giving you a quote.

Advance Health Directive (AHD)

An AHD is a document that set out your decisions about your future medical treatment or health care. You can give or withhold consent for specific medical, surgical, or dental treatment, or other health care. Like an EPG, an AHD can only be used when and if you become unable to make a medical treatment decision for yourself.

If you want to learn more about an AHD, download the Advance Health Directive Guide and see the Department of Health website.

The AHD guide includes a form which you can complete yourself. However, if you would like us to assist, please contact us or download the AHD instruction sheet from this page, complete it, and send it to us. We can then prepare an AHD for you, after giving you a quote.

  • EnduringPowers of Attorney (EPA) – allows your attorney to make financial decisions on your behalf. For more information, download the Enduring Power of Attorney Guide.
  • Enduring Power of Guardianship (EPG) – allows the enduring guardian to make lifestyle and medical treatment decisions for you, if you are not able to do so yourself. For more information, download the Enduring Power of Guardianship Guide, and see the Public Advocate’s website.
  • Advance Health directives (AHD) or ‘Living Wills’ – state what treatment you want to receive, or do not want to receive, in the event of various medical conditions, and if you are not able to do so yourself. For more information, download the Advance Health Directive Guide and see the Department of Health website.
  • Partnership, Shareholder, and similar Agreements– can specify what happens to your business interests in the event of temporary or permanent legal incapacity.

We recommend having both an EPA and an EPG.  AHDs are tricky and often need input from your doctor. If you are in business with others, Partnership, Shareholder, and similar Agreements are a must.

While the guides include forms which you can complete yourself, if you would like us to simplify the process for you, please contact us or download the instruction sheet included, complete it, and send it to us. We can then prepare an EPA, EPG, and/or AHD for you after giving you a no-obligation quote.