While your will takes effect after your death what happens if you are no longer able to manage your own affairs during your lifetime or if you need someone to manage your affairs while you are overseas? An Enduring Power of Attorney or General Power of Attorney allows you to appoint someone to make financial and personal and/or health decisions on your behalf in these circumstances.
If you become incapacitated and you do not have an Enduring Power of Attorney in place, your loved ones will be put to the expense and emotional distress of needing to make application to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal to be appointed as your guardian or power of attorney.
For elderly people or those with a particular health issue, an Advanced Health Care Directive should be considered in conjunction with your General Practitioner. An Advanced Health Directive directs your medical practitioner in regards to your medical treatment in the event that you are unable to make decisions for yourself.