Power of Attorneys vs. Guardianship: What are they?

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As unpleasant as it may seem, sometimes we are faced with the dilemma of what would happen if you experienced an accident or medical emergency, that would put you in a position where you would not be able to speak for yourself. Other examples are a loss of mental capacity (such as Dementia/Alzheimer’s).

Power of Attorney

There are many reasons why you might want another person to make “medical” decisions on your behalf (Power of Attorney for Personal Care) or decisions as to how your property (money/wealth) is managed for you (Power of Attorney for Property).


If you do not have a power of attorney document appointing someone for either personal care (medical decisions) or property (money/wealth), the court may appoint someone to handle this for you. This process is called a guardianship application.

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