Powers of Attorney
An Enduring Power of Attorney is a legal document where a person (‘the donor’), appoints another person, (‘the donee’) to manage their assets and financial affairs. This can occur as a result of illness, an accident, or the donor’s absence. An Enduring Power of Attorney can also be activated if the donor feels they cannot cope with the complexity of managing their financial affairs.
The appointment may come into operation immediately or may be deferred for a future need or event. It can be for a fixed period or to perform a specific task and may be revoked at any time, providing the donor has the mental capacity to do so.
Most of the records relating to this topic were created by the Public Trustee Department (GA 311), the Public Trustee Office (GA 314) and the Registrar-General of Deeds Department (GA420).
Powers of attorney – series held
Series title and date range
Powers of attorney, Land Office (later Registrar-General of Deeds), 1836 - 1885
|GRS 747||Estate files, numerical series - Public Trustee, 1910 - current. This series contains files where the Public Trustee is exercising a Power of Attorney – usually ‘grey’ or ‘in the matter of’ files.||Open after 60 years||Partially indexed by GRS 14580|
|GRS 12161||Index (alphabetical) to powers of attorney deposited, 1852 - 1867||Open||Acts as an index to GRS 12162|
|GRS 12162||Powers of attorney, single number series, 1838 - 1867||Open||Refer to GRS 12161|
|GRS 14580||Index of estates - Public Trustee, 1955 - 1962||Open after 60 years||Acts as a partial index to GRS 747|
The above is a limited selection of the most useful series only. Descriptions and access conditions for these and other series held, as well as agency descriptions and agency inventories, are available via our online catalogue, ArchivesSearch.
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