Irrevocable authority

Irrevocable authority

An irrevocable authority is a deed which allows Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) to secure costs against an assisted person’s interest in property (including money) which is not held by the assisted person at the time of providing a grant of legal assistance.

Examples where this might occur may be:

  • where the assisted person expects to receive proceeds of sale of property
  • where the assisted person cannot access funds held in an account which is part of a dispute
  • where the assisted person expects to receive money as a lump sum in the future, such as from a payment for damages or as a beneficiary of a will.

VLA will require the assisted person and their lawyer to sign the deed assigning such interest to VLA as security for the cost to VLA of providing the assisted person with legal assistance.