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POWERS OF ATTORNEY ACT 1998 - SECT 23
Bankruptcy or insolvency
23 Bankruptcy or insolvency
(1) If an individual attorney becomes bankrupt or insolvent or takes advantage
of the laws of bankruptcy as a debtor under the Bankruptcy Act 1966 (Cwlth) or
a similar law of a foreign jurisdiction, the power of attorney is revoked to
the extent it gives power to the attorney.
However, for a
power of attorney given as security, see section 10 .
(2) If a corporate
attorney is wound up or dissolved or a receiver (other than a receiver for a
limited purpose) or administrator is appointed of the attorney, the power of
attorney is revoked to the extent it gives power to the attorney.
X is an attorney under a power of attorney that is not given as security. X
becomes bankrupt. Therefore, the power of attorney is revoked to the extent it
gives power to X.
If X was a joint and several attorney with Y, the power of attorney is only
revoked to the extent it gives power to X. Y can continue to exercise the
The same applies if X was a joint attorney with Y because of section 59A .
If X was not a joint and several attorney and the power of attorney gives
power to an alternative or successive attorney, the alternative or next
attorney may then exercise power.
If none of these apply, no-one is able to exercise power under the power of
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