Power Of Attorney Lawyers

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Sometimes the right decision is the need for a Power of Attorney

To better understand what services Power of Attorney lawyers can provide, it is probably best to know what a Power of Attorney is.

A Power of Attorney is a legal document by which you appoint someone to make financial and legal decisions on your behalf, allowing you to have someone you choose to be in charge of your best interests and safeguard them should you not be capable of doing so. It allows the person or persons you have appointed to deal with your assets as if they were you; and can be a spouse, relative, trusted friend, or even a business professional you engage with and trust.

Our Power of Attorney lawyers give you confidence and security

Engaging with our qualified team for Power of Attorney services allows us to help you in establishing a Power of Attorney who can then decide any property or financial matters such as selling real estate or other assets, operating your bank accounts, or even paying your bills, in your absence.

In Australia, there are two options for a Power of Attorney, a general Power of Attorney or an Enduring Power of Attorney, and you must understand the difference.

A general Power of Attorney becomes invalid when you lose your mental capacity to make your own decisions, whereas an Enduring Power of Attorney will continue to be in place during your lifetime, even if you lose the capacity to self-manage. Both documents will become invalid upon death, at which point the Executor named in your Will takes over the responsibility of administering your estate. To learn more about this, see Wills and Estate Planning.

With timing critical in getting Enduring Powers of Attorney where someone has failing capacity issues, we recommend seeing your Power of Attorney lawyer as early as possible as a delay in decisions may create further headaches in an already difficult situation.

Contact us today to speak to our Power of Attorney lawyers.

Why Choose Gallagher Solicitors & Conveyancers

Expertise and Experience

When it comes to selecting a firm for Power of Attorney services, Gallagher Solicitors & Conveyancers stands out for its expertise and extensive experience. With over 40 years of dedicated service in the legal realm, our team of solicitors has handled a multitude of cases throughout New South Wales.

Local Knowledge

One of the significant advantages of choosing Gallagher Solicitors & Conveyancers for your Power of Attorney matters is our understanding of New South Wales laws. This localised knowledge empowers us to provide tailored advice that considers the unique nuances of each jurisdiction within the state.

Client-Centred Approach

Our commitment to client satisfaction forms the cornerstone of our practice. We prioritise understanding your requirements and aspirations, offering advice and solutions personalised to your specific circumstances.

Throughout the entire process, we maintain transparent and open communication channels, ensuring you are informed and engaged at every step. Choosing Gallagher Solicitors & Conveyancers for your Power of Attorney needs ensures not just legal expertise, but a partnership centered on your peace of mind and best interests.

Frequently asked questions

In most circumstances, we can work around what is more convenient for you. We are generally able to work with clients over the phone, via email, or zoom, but if you’d like to meet in person, we can set that up too. Obviously, if there is paperwork to sign we will work with you to arrange an accessible location.

During this 15 minute consultation, we will typically discuss your legal matter and why it is you’ve come to us. We can outline a suggested approach, associated costs to move forward, and the next steps should you choose to continue with our services.

Without meeting or understanding the complexity of your situation, it’s difficult to provide an unmitigated cost. After discussions, once we understand the circumstances of your legal matter, we will be able to give you an estimate of the range of costs you may incur.

We do offer fee arrangements (such as instalments) and can discuss these with you once we establish a way forward. We are always prepared to work with you to come up with a mutually acceptable arrangement.

No, we do not bill in six-minute intervals. We can usually provide a fixed fee quote once we establish the associated works involved in your matter.

We will always be upfront with how long processes take and aim to work as quickly as possible, particularly when you are working to a tight timeframe.

Just remember that some steps in the timeline are out of our hands, so be sure to take that into account.

To prepare for your first appointment, we’ll ask you to send us any documents relating to your matter, as well as any notes that might help us to understand the background a little better.

By the end of your appointment, both of us should know whether or not we can help in your particular matter and the pathway forward. We can also discuss any fees and/or charges to expect to resolve your issue.

Our flat fee for basic general conveyancing is $1,500+GST, plus any disbursements that might come up in that particular matter. Complicated matters may incur a higher fee. Again, we will always be upfront with the charges you can expect.

A Will is an important legal document that outlines your wishes, including how you want your assets distributed, when you die. A well drafted Will may prevent potential family disagreements and reduce the risk of claims against your estate. They can also provide instruction for the appointment of guardians for children under 18 years old, so it’s important your document is up to date and reviewed every couple of years.

Yes, bring your marriage certificate to your meeting. Know that before applying for a divorce, you need to be separated for at least 12 months, but importantly, you do not need to be divorced to obtain a property settlement. We can guide you through that process.

Yes, we can witness your documents by prior appointment.

Any other questions? Just ask!

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