There are various ways to assist people to make decisions and to share our own decision-making abilities.
The tools available include informal decision-making and/or supported decision-making, formal appointments (guardianship and administration orders), powers of attorney, statutory health attorneys and advanced health directives.
Jed is a 40-year-old man. He is part of a theatre group, loves going to see plays and loves anything theatrical. Jed has down syndrome.
Jed is very sure of some of the decisions that he makes but needs assistance to make decisions in relation to other areas of life. He cannot manage his own money.
Jed’s parents have always informally assisted Jed to make decisions and no formal appointment has been made. Jed has a support circle and his parents are seeking advice about how to plan for the future so that others continue to support him and so that no formal appointment is required.
Whether formal appointments are required will depend on the individual’s circumstances and needs.
We are keen to help families think through whether formal appointments are needed and to provide advice on how to plan for the future where informal processes are more appropriate.
Powers of attorney can assist us to control how our finances are used if we lose capacity until we die. They are a tool that can help to ensure that our resources continue to be used to safeguard our quality of life and that of our loved ones.
Contact us to find out how we can help you.