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An attorney can:

  • handle the principal’s bank accounts
  • sign cheques
  • sign legal documents such as deeds and contracts including contracts for the sale of land
  • sign land and property dealings, provided that the power of attorney has been registered at Landgate
  • pay bills
  • act as the trustee of a SMSF
  • change BDBN
  • apply for probate on behalf of an executor

An attorney can’t:

  • make a will on behalf of the donor
  • make personal, lifestyle or treatment decisions
  • do any act which is illegal
  • deal with any property held in trust by the donor
  • perform the functions of a director or secretary of a company on behalf of the donor unless authorised by the constitution of the company
  • delegate their authority