What is the Power of attorney? And how does it help my appointed person?

Appointed Person & Help from Home (for Backpackers in Australia) - Part 5
Backpacking Australia - Appointed Person - Help from home

Power of attorney is the authorisation given for somebody to act on your behalf or in your absence. Your appointed person will need to be given power of attorney over your financial affairs and in any correspondence that must be done from home. In fact the more authorisation you can give your appointed person the better.

Even if you're taking care of payments with monthly plans (i.e, standing order or direct debit) it's still a good idea to authorise your appointed person to work directly with the companies you use. If there are any errors, payment disputes, membership cancellations or changes of circumstance that needs to be taken care of, your appointed person can carry it out for you.

Although it's possible to authorise somebody to access your accounts at home whilst you're in Australia, it can be very time consuming and indeed stressful for all parties involved. Stay ahead of the game and arrange it all before you go!

How do I give my appointed person power of attorney?

Before you set off for Australia, take your appointed person into your bank and have them join your account as a shared user (give them power of attorney), this way they can perform tasks and correct any errors that may occur while you're away.

The same goes for any other commitments you may have (i.e. travel insurance, phone contract, etc...), make sure they have the authorisation to manage all the accounts you will need help with.

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