Power of attorney

How to make a general power of attorney

You can grant someone general power of attorney by following these steps.

Step 1.

Write your document.

You can do one of the following:

If you write your own document, you should make sure there are no mistakes otherwise it can be invalid.

Your document should clearly show all of the following:

  • the date the power was given
  • your name and address
  • the attorney’s name and address
  • what they are allowed to do
  • the attorney’s sample signature.

You can read more information in the Powers of Attorney Regulations 1982.

You should get a lawyer to check it.

Step 2.

Get your forms witnessed and signed.

This must be by a qualified witness, such as any of the following:

If you can't sign

If you are unable to sign a power of attorney due to a disability or illiteracy, you need a special form called power of attorney by direction.

You must:

  1. Ask another adult to complete the power of attorney by direction PDF (163.7 KB) form and sign on your behalf. They cannot be a witness.
  2. Get two other qualified witnesses to sign the form.

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Last updated: 20 February 2019

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