DAWSONS - Enduring Power of Attorney - Personal Care and Welfare

Gives someone you trust the power to make decisions about your health and welfare if you're unable to.

by Dawsons Lawyers

About this document

Your EPA in relation to personal care and welfare authorises the attorney that you (the donor) have appointed to make decisions on your behalf about your personal care and welfare if you become mentally incapable. You can appoint only one personal care and welfare attorney, but you can appoint a successor attorney to be your attorney if the previous attorney’s appointment ends. You can appoint more than one successor attorney.

What you need to know before you start the interview

  • Who you attorney will be. Your attorney can be anyone you trust to understand and respect your wishes and feelings and who is able to make decisions about your personal care and welfare, provided they are aged 20 or older, not bankrupt, and not mentally incapable themselves. Usually, this is a friend, family member, or work colleague. Preferably, your attorney should live in the same area as you so that they can attend personally to your care and welfare.Make sure you have talked to your chosen attorney/s and have their agreement before you start.
  • Your EPA will not be valid until signed by all parties. This includes you and your attorney and an authorised witness.
  • Any special conditions you want your attorney to follow.
  • Whether you want your attorney to consult with anyone over decisions if so, you will need to know who these people are.

Interview time

This interview will take you approximately 15-40 minutes to complete depending on how complex your wishes are.

Document type

Word document - Sample Here


This interview will generate a document based on the information provided by you. It does not and is not intended to represent legal advice or the practice of law (even if the information you input is based on suggestions or tips provided by us).

Please note: Your EPA should be signed, and witnessed in the presence of your lawyer or another authorised witness, who must explain the effects and implications of the EPA and answer any questions you may have. The signature of each attorney (and successor attorney) you appoint needs to be witnessed by someone other than you or your witness. The witness must be an adult and should not be a relative of the attorney or of the attorney’s spouse or partner or live at the same address as the attorney.

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