The three most common orders granted under the Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act 1988 (“the Act” or “the PPPR Act”) are set out below. We also explain what happens when you have been appointed, and what your obligations and responsibilities are.
This Order occurs when a person’s item of property does not exceed $5,000 in value or their income/benefit does not exceed $20,000 in any one year. You are required to administer the property, income or benefit in such a way as to enable or encourage the person for whom you are acting to exercise and develop such capacity as that person has to the greatest extent possible.
This Order occurs when a person’s property or income exceeds that as described above under Property Order. The function and duty of a manager is to use the property in the promotion and protection of the best interests of the person for whom you are acting. You must also, as far as possible, encourage that person to develop and exercise the level of competence they may hold.
The PPPR Act requires you to report to the Court with a Statement of Management, three months after the Order has been granted. This Statement includes providing bank statements together with copies of supporting receipts and must be completed in the prescribed form. After the first three months, reporting is then required every 12 months on the anniversary from when the Order was made. If you fail to do this, the Court will draw this to the Judge’s attention who may Order that you comply.
This Order is made under section 12 of the PPPR Act, and only where a person has been deemed to be wholly incapable. As Welfare Guardian, you cannot:
In exercising powers under this Order, the Welfare Guardian must promote and protect the welfare and best interests of the person, while seeking to encourage that person to develop and exercise such capacity as the person may have to understand the nature and consequences of decisions being made.
Your appointment under the above Orders will end in a number of situations – with the most common being when the person you are acting for dies.
An application under the PPPR Act is made to the Court. Please contact one of our experts to help you through this process.