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Guardianship and Co-decision-making for Dependent Adults

Types of Guardians and Co-decision-makers

guardian is someone who has the authority to make decisions for an adult. A personal guardian makes decisions about an adult's personal welfare and a property guardian makes decisions about an adult's finances and property.

decision-maker is someone who can make or assist in making decisions for an adult. The term is used to describe a personal guardian, a property guardian, a personal co-decision maker, a property co-decision-maker, a temporary personal guardian or a temporary property guardian. A decision-maker can be one person or more than one person.

co-decision-maker is someone who has the authority to assist an adult in making decisions and to make joint decisions with the adult. A personal co-decision-maker makes decisions with the adult about personal matters and a property co-decision-maker makes decisions with the adult about finances and property. A co-decision-maker must ensure that the adult has and understands all the information needed to make a decision, and knows the alternatives and likely results of any choice.

temporary personal or property guardian is someone who has the authority to make decisions for an adult in emergency situations for a limited time, to a maximum of six months. The authority of a temporary guardian is limited to doing what is necessary to protect the adult or the adult's property from serious or financial harm.

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