Blackman Legal believes that planning for future eventualities is vital. An enduring power of attorney and an appointment of enduring guardian are two vitally important tools for this planning.
Far too many people ignore this vital planning and end up leaving their families and friends in a very unfortunate situations.
Appointment of Enduring Guardian
A guardian appointed by you will carry out your directions as documented by you in regard to health and lifestyle issues when you are unable to give those directions yourself. For example, you may not want to have your life prolonged by artificial means should there be no likelihood of your recovery. You may want to choose in advance what nursing home you live in when you are no longer able to care for yourself independently. Your family members or even your attorney cannot give these directions for you. Only your appointed guardian has authority to give directions to your doctor and health care providers on your behalf.
An Appointment of Guardian enables you to make these decisions for yourself in advance giving power to your appointed guardian to ensure that these are carried out. Please contact us to find out more or to arrange a consultation.
You may decide to appoint an Enduring Guardian or an alternative enduring guardian. You can choose which functions you wish to authorizing your enduring guardians or their alternative enduring guardian(if so appointed) to carry out in respect of decisions such as where to reside and in respect of health care.
Power of Attorney
Illnesses and diseases such as stroke, heart attack, mental illness and dementia and injuries such as brain damage are a very unfortunate part of our everyday life. The result is often a temporary or permanent inability to make decisions or sign documents about your property and your financial affairs generally. If you have not appointed anyone through a Power of Attorney to manage your affairs then the Protective Commissioner must be appointed to do so. This can be quite costly.
A very simple way to avoid such a situation is to draw up an enduring Power of Attorney which appoints someone whom you trust to act as your attorney in the event of you suffering incapacity. It also enables the attorney to act on your behalf if you are unable to do so because you are overseas, for example or just out of town.
The appointment of a trusted person as your attorney under a Power of Attorney is a very simple but effective procedure and is often overlooked until it is too late. Please contact us to find out more or to arrange a consultation