Relevant Aging Statistics
The court custom crafts the nature of the guardianship arrangement based on the circumstances. A limited guardian could be empowered to make certain types of decisions that are specified by the court. If sweeping decision-making authority is required, the court would appoint a plenary guardian.A guardianship proceeding can provide a solution under difficult circumstances, but there are some drawbacks to take into consideration. The proceeding can be time-consuming, and everyone in the family may not be on the same page with regard to the right way to proceed. Plus, most people would prefer to choose their own decision-makers in advance. When it is left up to the court, the guardian that is chosen may not be someone that would have been selected by the incapacitated individual.
Advance Directives for Health Care
In many instances, medical decisions can present themselves that have nothing to do with life-support matters. To account for this, you can include another advance directive called a durable power of attorney for health care or health care proxy. The agent that you choose would be empowered to make medical decisions on your behalf in the event of your incapacity.Under federal laws, the medical community cannot release records to anyone without the patient’s approval. As a response, you should include a HIPAA release form that would give your health care agent access to relevant health care records.