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What is an Enduring Power of Guardianship?

Like an EPA, a Power of Guardianship (“EPG”) allows you to appoint a guardian who is authorised to make personal, lifestyle and treatment decisions on your behalf in the event that you lose the capacity to make those decisions yourself.

This power is, arguably more important than an EPA because it relates to decisions intrinsically linked to your human rights. Only in extreme circumstances should you be precluded from making your own medical decisions, or decisions about where you should live, what you should eat, and who you should see.

It is crucial that you nominate someone you trust to make these decisions on your behalf because, as with an EPA, the State Administrative Tribunal may appoint someone to act in this role who you do not approve of, such as a family member or a third party such as the Public Advocate.

Again, we recommend that you contact Butlers to have an EPG prepared. Look at it like an insurance policy, you may never need it, but when the time comes, you will be glad you made the right decision.

Contact us to discuss whether an Enduring Power of Guardianship is right for you.