Powers of Attorney simply explained

Powers of Attorney are legal documents where you give some or all of your legal decision making powers to someone else.

There are different types of powers of attorney:
  • A general non-enduring power of attorney – you may choose to make one of these if you are going to be unavailable for a period of time to deal with specific or all financial issues.
    • For example if you are selling your house but you are not going to be available to sign the contract if a purchaser is found. You can give your attorney the power to sign the contract on your behalf.
    • Another example is that you are going overseas and will not be able to pay bills that come in while you are away, you may give your attorney the power to withdraw funds from your bank account to pay specific bills.
  • An enduring power of attorney is made while you have the mental capacity to make decisions and generally does not come into effect until you lose that capacity. This document gives your attorney the legal power to make decisions on your behalf with respect to all your financial and/or personal matters.
    • An example of financial matters is where an attorney would manage your finances, sell your possessions, purchase gifts for your family on your behalf, pay bills, and use your funds for your health and accommodation needs.
    • An example of personal decisions includes finding suitable accommodation for you when you can no longer live on your own, find activities that you could participate in and find services to support your everyday needs.
  • An enduring medical power of attorney can be made while you have mental capacity and gives your attorney the power to make all medical decisions on your behalf when you no longer have the capacity to make your own decisions.

You can choose more than one attorney, and we strongly suggest that you do. The person or people you choose to act on your behalf should be capable of decision making, be honest and capable of managing your personal, financial and medical affairs.

Powers of attorney are only valid while you are alive, upon a person’s death their Will comes into action.

Why not take control of what you can today by calling us on 03 9741 1722 to find out more about these important powers of attorney.

We have offices in Melbourne and Werribee.

You may also read some additional information provided by the Law Institute of Victoria .

Our legal services

Our lawyers provide expert assistance and advice in the following areas:

Family Law

  • Parenting and Property Matters
  • De Facto Separation 
  • Divorce 
  • Binding Financial Agreements 

Wills & Powers of Attorney

  • Wills 
  • Enduring and Non-Enduring Power of Attorney
  • Medical Treatment Decision Maker 
  • Guardianship Applications at VCAT

Deceased Estates, Estate Planning and Probate

  • Grant of Probate
  • Letters of Administration 
  • Contesting Wills 
  • Calling in and Distributing Assets from deceased estates

Conveyancing

  • Purchase 
  • Sale 
  • Transfer of Titles 
  • Caveats 

Intervention Orders

  • Family Violence Intervention Orders
  • Personal Safety Intervention Orders 
  • Representation at Court
  • Advice and assistance contesting an Intervention Order

Commercial & Residential Leases

  • Drafting Leases 
  • Advice and Review of lease documents
  • Disputes as to rental relief
  • Representation at VCAT

Client testimonials

Marlene was recommended to me by a friend and thank God she did. Couldn’t have chosen a better person for the job. At a time when I felt my life was spiraling out of control, Marlene’s knowledge, dedication and positive attitude turned one of the worst experiences in my life into a bright future for myself and children with better than expected results. Her professional, friendly manner made dealing with such a deeply emotional issue just that little bit easy, and I would often walk out of her office with a smile. I cannot thank her enough. I would have no hesitation in highly recommending Marlene Ebejer to represent you as your legal representative.

Patricia

Marlene I can’t thank you enough for everything you have done for Monroe and myself! You’re an amazing Lawyer who genuinely cared about us. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Chelsea

My son has recently gone through a separation and custody dispute with the assistance of Marlene, I cannot praise their service enough. He was provided with open and honest advice throughout this whole ordeal. Marlene’s expertise put us all at peace as we navigated an area none of us were familiar with. She responded promptly to all our questions, with very clear advice and suggestions (even though they may of seemed to her like silly questions) . I cannot recommend this service higher, I certainly hope we don’t need their services again but if we do we won’t hesitate to contact them. We can’t thank Marlene enough for all she did and all her expertise.

Merrin

Thank you ladies for all your hard work, I will definitely recommend you to all my friends. Wishing you a great Christmas holiday and a loving and wonderful 2018 with your family and friends.

Linda

Accreditations & Memberships

Ebejer & Associates Lawyers are a proud supporter of Cancer Council Victoria’s Financial and Legal Support Program, providing legal support to vulnerable Victorians affected by cancer. If you, or someone you know, has cancer and needs support, learn about the services available at www.cancervic.org.au

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Ebejer & Associates Lawyers acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the regions we service, their diversity, histories and knowledge and their continuing connections to land, water and community. We pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, their Elders past, present and emerging.

Ebejer & Associates Lawyers

6/19 Synnot Street, Werribee, 3030
Monday – Friday / 9am – 5pm

Suite 7.12, 365 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, 3000
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Bellarine Peninsula
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PO Box 171, Portarlington, VIC, 3223

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