At some stage during your illness decisions not related to your health care may need to be made on your behalf. These decisions may have to do with finances, legal matters or lifestyle (eg. where you will live).
Again you can consider appointing the equivalent of a general power of attorney to oversee your legal and financial matters or separate powers of attorney to look after different matters. The roles and terminology can differ from state to state.
The Justice Department websites for each state often have good information on the different types of guardianship and powers of attorney. You can also try looking up the Public Trustee in each state or territory which can also help you make a will.
You may feel more comfortable letting a solicitor handle it all for you. They should be able to talk you through the planning decisions and draw up the papers.
Life, Hope & Reality was developed and written by Afaf Girgis, Claire Johnson, and Sylvie Lambert with funding from the NHMRC and Cancer Council NSW.Last updated 30 August 2015