An Enduring Power of Attorney is a legal document where a person (‘the donor’), appoints another person, (‘the donee’) to manage their assets and financial affairs. This can occur as a result of illness, an accident, or the donor’s absence. An Enduring Power of Attorney can also be activated if the donor feels they cannot cope with the complexity of managing their financial affairs.
The appointment may come into operation immediately or may be deferred for a future need or event. It can be for a fixed period or to perform a specific task and may be revoked at any time, providing the donor has the mental capacity to do so.
Records relating to Powers of Attorney
Series title and date range
Powers of attorney, Land Office (later Registrar-General of Deeds), 1836 - 1885
|GRS 747||Estate files, numerical series - Public Trustee, 1910 - current. This series contains files where the Public Trustee is exercising a Power of Attorney – usually ‘grey’ or ‘in the matter of’ files.|
Open after 60 years
Partially indexed by GRS 14580 Index of estates 1955 - 1962
|Partially indexed by GRS 14580 Index od estates 1955 - 1962|
|GRS 12162||Powers of attorney, single number series, 1838 - 1867|
Partially indexed by GRS 12161 Index to powers of attorney, 1852 - 1867
|Refer to GRS 12161|