An EPG is a legal document that authorises a person of your choice, to make important personal, lifestyle and treatment decisions on your behalf should you ever become incapable of making such decisions yourself. This person is known as an enduring guardian.
An enduring guardian could be authorised to make decisions about things such as where you live, the support services you have access to and the treatment you receive.
An enduring guardian cannot be authorised to make property or financial decisions on your behalf.
To make an Enduring Power of Guardianship you must:
- be 18 years of age or older
- have full legal capacity (this means you must be able to make a formal agreement and understand the implications of statements contained in that agreement).
The person you appoint as your enduring guardian must also be 18 years of age or older and have full legal capacity.
You can appoint more than one enduring guardian as joint enduring guardians, but they must act jointly which means they must reach agreement on any decisions they make on your behalf. If you plan to appoint more than one enduring guardian it is important you consider their ability to work together on your behalf and in your best interests.
Call me to discuss if making an EPG is suitable for you at this stage in your life.