By signing an Enduring Power of Attorney you appoint one or more persons who you rely upon and trust to look after your assets and to speak to doctors and health practitioners when you are not
well enough to do so. This may follow an accident or a medical procedure.
Imagine you are taken to hospital and you are not responsive. The hospital staff will speak to your appointed Attorney, your mother, father, son or daughter and discuss what can be done for you and what you had told your Attorney to do in such an event.
If there is not an Attorney appointed then a family member will have to go to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal and explain what is the problem and ask to be appointed to look after you. In that event, there will be delays of many weeks, and of course, costs.