Estate planning involves a variety of tools to ensure your future wishes are carried out. One such consideration is determining who will make decisions for you if you become incapable.
If you plan ahead for the future, you can authorize someone else to make decisions for you through a power of attorney or representation agreement.
A power of attorney and representation agreement can be prepared and executed by our lawyers and are inexpensive.
If these agreements are not in place before an individual becomes incapable of making decisions, a friend or relative must apply to the court to manage the affairs of the person who is incapacitated. This is known as a committeeship application, and it is governed by the Patients Property Act.
A committee of estate can make decisions for an adult, in their best interests, in a variety of areas such as dealing with property, finances, providing for dependents and managing legal affairs. There is another type of committeeship: committee of person. This includes making healthcare decisions for the incapable individual.
These applications are significantly more expensive than powers of attorney or a representation agreement, and can be litigious if more than one person wants to become committee, or if your application is contested. It is imperative to consider advanced planning and grant a power of attorney when you are still in good mental health.
We’re experienced in estate planning and litigation, including committee applications. If you or your loved one require assistance in managing affairs, contact us for a consultation.
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