What is an Appointment of Enduring Guardian?
An Appointment of Enduring Guardian (AEG) gives you peace of mind in nominating someone you trust to make lifestyle and medical decisions for you lost the capacity to decide for yourself. Some examples of the sort of decisions your Guardian can make are: where you would live, what personal services and care you would receive and who should have access to see you.
In NSW to appoint somebody to make personal and medical decisions for you need to execute an Appointment of Enduring Guardianship document.This is a lifetime document. It takes effect during your lifetime and is null and void after your death.
Do I really need one?
We recommend these for our clients as without one, if the unlikely did happen, it is possible a government tribunal will appoint someone you wouldn’t have chosen to make these decisions for you. It’s much better to have chosen the person yourself. It is also possible if you make a full recovery you would be stuck with the decisions made by the tribunal. What a nightmare!