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Can you make someone power of attorney without them knowing?
If you do not know anyone you consider to be suitable you can appoint the NSW Trustee and Guardian as your attorney. They will charge a set fee to draw up a Power of Attorney unless you are on a full Centrelink Age Pension. If they do have to act as your attorney they will charge for their services.
What determines power of attorney over a parent?
In order for your parent to grant you Power of Attorney, they must be of sound mind. If the parent is of sound mind, they may sign over Power of Attorney. If your parent is already mentally incapacitated, they may have already granted you (or another person) Power of Attorney in a Living Will.
Should I give my mom power of attorney?
Assigning a power of attorney (POA) is highly recommended to reduce the burdens your parents carry. It is best to do it as soon as possible before they are no longer able to make these decisions. When appointed as power of attorney for your parents, you will be able to legally handle most of their duties.
Can a parent grant you power of attorney?
So your parent (the principal) can grant you (the agent) certain powers of attorney. However, there can be more than one person with power of attorney because your parent may decide that various responsibilities should be divided up among two or more people.
What happens if a person does not have a power of attorney?
If someone doesn’t have a power of attorney and becomes unable to handle financial affairs — because of an illness, dementia, or stroke, for example — a court might need to appoint an individual (known as a guardian or conservator) to act on the person’s behalf.
Can a power of attorney be related to the principal?
There is no reason why a power of attorney must be related to the principal. In some cases, a non-relative may be a better choice. This may be because an older adult’s family lives in another state or due to children having trouble acting objectively when handling their parent’s affairs.
Do you need an agent for a power of attorney?
The agent can act on behalf of your parent, so it must be someone your parent trusts and is comfortable with. It should also be someone willing to discuss options and listen to your parent’s wishes and desires. There is no reason why a power of attorney must be related to the principal.