- what power to give (financial matters only)
- when the power starts and ends
- who to appoint.
What power to give
You can limit or place conditions on how you want the attorney to carry out their responsibilities.
If you do not specify a limit, the attorney will be able to make any financial decisions, including legal decisions, that relate to your financial or property matters, on behalf of the person who appointed them until the appointment ends.
When the power starts and ends
The form can specify a starting date, a circumstance in which the power starts or an occasion on which the power starts.
If there is no starting point specified, the power is exercisable once the general non-enduring power of attorney is made.
A general non-enduring power of attorney ends:
- when the form specifies
- if you cancel the power (you can also change the power)
- if you die
- if you permanently lose decision-making capacity.
Who to appoint
You can appoint more than one attorney.
You can also appoint an alternative attorney (or attorneys) to act in specified circumstances.
If you appoint more than one decision-maker you can choose whether the attorneys make decisions:
- jointly, which means the attorneys must all agree to any decisions and every document must be signed by all of them
- jointly and severally, which means that any attorney can make a decision and sign documents together or without the others.
If you do not specify how the attorneys are to make decisions, the attorneys make decisions jointly.
You should ensure that whatever you decide will be a workable arrangement.