Appointment of Enduring Guardian
If an illness or accident were to strike suddenly, incapacitating you and taking away your ability to make personal and lifestyle decisions, who would make those decisions for you? If you haven’t appointed a guardian that responsibility could fall to a stranger, appointed by the state.
An Appointment of Enduring Guardian is a legal document which allows you to appoint another person (or persons) to make lifestyle and health care (treatment) decisions for you, should you be unable to do so yourself. The person you appoint cannot make any decisions regarding your lifestyle and health until you become incapable of making those decisions yourself.
It differs from a Power of Attorney in that the chosen attorney, as appointed in the document, can only make financial decisions for you. They have no say over your arrangement of living conditions, who is allowed to visit you, or the type of nursing or medical care you receive. Those kinds of decisions rest solely on the chosen guardian, appointed in the Appointment of Enduring Guardian.
When choosing your enduring guardian, take into account the relationship you have with the person and their willingness to follow your wishes. This person must be an adult and should have no vested financial interest in your decisions. If you want to be moved to a nursing home should you lose your faculties, this person should be happy to carry out your wishes and find suitable arrangements for you.
In the case of losing capacity, everyone needs someone they can trust to act on their behalf. Contact us to set up your Appointment of Enduring Guardian.
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