Enduring Power of Guardianship
If you suffer an injury and you are not able to make your own decisions about your lifestyle and medical treatments, who would make those decisions for you?
Is there one member of your family that you trust above everyone else? What if the least trusted person in your family or even a complete stranger is appointed by the State to make decisions about the medical treatments you will receive when you cannot make your own decisions?
Appointing an Enduring Guardian allows you to plan ahead in the event your life changes and you are left powerless to manage your everyday life.
Anyone that has mental capacity and is over the age of 18 can make an Enduring Power of Guardianship.
An Enduring Power of Guardianship is a legal document whereby you appoint another person (the Enduring Guardian) to make medical and lifestyle decisions on your behalf if you are incapable of making those decisions on your own.
The decisions to be made by your Enduring Guardian concern your lifestyle, such as where you shall live, and the medical and dental treatments and care you shall or shall not receive.
You can authorise the Enduring Guardian to make all decisions concerning your lifestyle and the treatments you shall or shall not receive. Alternatively, you can restrict the authority of the Enduring Guardian. For example, you can stipulate that the Enduring Guardian may only make decisions about the medical treatments you may or may not receive after the Enduring Guardian has consulted a particular member of your family.
While you have capacity, you can revoke or change your Enduring Guardianship at any time.
Having an Enduring Power of Guardianship in place is the only way you can have control over who shall make lifestyle and medical decisions for you if you cannot make the decisions yourself. We can prepare your Enduring Power of Guardianship as a one off instruction or we can prepare the document at the same time that you make your Will.