Powers of Attorney

Powers of Attorney

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. 

Most of the records relating to this topic were created by the Public Trustee Department (GA 311), the Public Trustee Office (GA 314) and the Registrar-General of Deeds Department (GA420).


Powers of attorney – series held

Series ID

Series title and date range



GRG 35/496

Powers of attorney, Land Office (later Registrar-General of Deeds), 1836 - 1885


None available
GRS 747Estate 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 yearsPartially indexed by GRS 14580
GRS 12161Index (alphabetical) to powers of attorney deposited, 1852 - 1867OpenActs as an index to GRS 12162
GRS 12162Powers of attorney, single number series, 1838 - 1867OpenRefer to GRS 12161
GRS 14580Index of estates - Public Trustee, 1955 - 1962Open after 60 yearsActs as a partial index to GRS 747


The above is a limited selection of the most useful series only. Descriptions and access conditions for these and other series held, as well as agency descriptions and agency inventories, are available via our online catalogue, ArchivesSearch.

This Fact Sheet can also be downloaded in PDF format - Powers of Attorney pdf 179.73kb

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