An Enduring Guardian can make decisions for you in areas such as accommodation, health and services, if you lose the capacity to make your own decisions at some time in the future. An Enduring Guardian cannot make decisions about your money or assets, – in NSW, the Enduring Power of Attorney noted in another link covers this.
Appointing Enduring Guardians
The appointment of your Enduring Guardian takes effect only if you lose the capacity to make your own major personal decisions. If you want to appoint an Enduring Guardian, you must complete a form of appointment. You can appoint more than one Enduring Guardian and appoint them with different functions. The person/s you appoint as your Enduring Guardian/s must also sign the form to show that they have agreed to be your guardian. An eligible witness such as a solicitor must witness all signatures on the form.
Deciding who to appoint
When deciding on whom to appoint, you should consider who would best understand your values and wishes, and who would have the skills to make good decisions for you. Clients should think forward to when they might need help with everyday life, such as shopping or housework. You may need extra care at home, or you might need to move to a nursing home or hostel. Appointing an Enduring Guardian is a good way to plan ahead for possible changes in your ability to manage everyday life.
You can appoint one or more Enduring Guardians to make decisions about your care, accommodation and health needs if you ever lose the capacity to make these decisions yourself. You can talk to your Enduring Guardian/s about your wishes, and you can write down things that are particularly important to you in your Enduring Guardianship appointment form.
Enduring Guardianship Services
Trouncer Legal is able to help you with all matters related to Enduring Guardianships. Contact us today for a Free 30min Consultation regarding your Enduring Guardianship.