What is a Guardianship Appointment?
It is a legal document that a solicitor prepares. The document made by you appoints an enduring guardian/s, usually a close family member or friend. An enduring guardian can make lifestyle and health decisions on your behalf eg. consent to an operation or decide you need to live in a nursing home BUT ONLY when you don’t have the capacity to make these decisions for yourself.
What if there is no guardian appointed?
A guardianship appointment can only be made when a person has the capacity to understand the nature of the appointment that is, who they are appointing and what powers they have. A person with no capacity to understand these issues cannot sign a Guardianship Appointment document. In this case an application for a Guardianship Order is required at the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT). This can be a cumbersome procedure.
The Guardianship Division of NCAT determines applications for adults who are incapable of making their own decisions and who may require a legally appointed substitute decision maker.
You are never too young to have a guardianship appointment and we encourage our clients to obtain both a guardianship appointment and a power of attorney when they do their Wills.
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