Plan For the Future and Live For the Present
Preparing a Will
A Will is a document that states how you would like your assets to be distributed when you die, and the person or organisation you would like to be responsible for carrying out your wishes. For more information, visit the Public Trustee website or speak with your lawyer.
An enduring guardian is a person you appoint to make decisions about your personal circumstances if you lose the capacity to make decisions due to the onset of a disability.
If you lose capacity, an enduring guardian can make decisions about your health care and accommodation. A guardian can also make decisions about who visits you or what support services you should receive (e.g. meals on wheels, physiotherapy). Click here for more information.
Enduring Power of Attorney
An enduring power of attorney is a legal document which allows appointed individual(s) or organisations to take care of your financial affairs. This document is important if you were to lose capacity in the future to make independent and informed financial decisions, or no longer wanted the responsibility. Click here for more information.
Advance Care Planning
Advance care planning is a routine part of a person’s health care. When a person’s values are discussed openly, their healthcare preferences can be respected at a time when they cannot voice their decisions. It’s an ongoing process that needs cooperation between individuals, their families, care workers, and health professionals as well as community organisations and healthcare organisations. Click here for more information.
Advance Care Directives
Use the Advance Care Directive form if you live in Tasmania, to write down specific information relating to your wishes, values and any treatments you would not wish to receive, to inform your doctor and substitute decision-maker. Click here to access the form and for more information.
Many Funeral Directors will allow pre-planning and pre-payment for your own funeral. Doing this can ease the emotional and financial burden on family members and allow you to have a say in how your own life is commemorated by family and friends. Living funeral services are also held by some businesses. Click here for a list of funeral services in Tasmania.