Enduring Guardian

An Enduring Guardian is an important tool to use when planning your estate.

If you lose the capacity to make your own decisions at some time in the future, the person you appoint as your Enduring Guardian can make decisions for you about your health, accommodation and personal needs.

 

Appointing an Enduring Guardian is a good way to plan ahead for when you are no longer capable of looking after yourself. It may be a scary thing to start thinking of that now, however someone can lose capacity to look after themselves quite rapidly, especially if an accident is involved.

 

If an Enduring Guardian is not appointed, it will be unclear to doctors or carers as to who has authority to make decisions on your behalf.

 

An Enduring Guardian cannot make decisions that are related to your legal or financial accounts as this is the role of the Power of Attorney.

 

Often people choose to appoint their Attorney and Guardian to be the same person that they trust to handle all of their matters once they are no longer in a state to do so.

 

You can talk to your Enduring Guardians about your wishes, and you can write down things that are particularly important to you in your Enduring Guardianship appointment form.