If there are no willing family members or friends, the Public Guardian may be appointed to make personal decisions regarding the represented adult’s care and living arrangements, and the Public Trustee may be appointed to manage the represented adult’s financial matters. These applications are more costly and considerably more time-consuming and invasive than the preparation of an enduring power of attorney and a personal directive. These affairs become public record as well.
Our firm has several years of experience assisting those who must make applications to appoint a family member or friend in a decision-making capacity. We are also experienced in assisting with applications to review such appointments and in applying for passing of the accounts of a represented adult (which must be done every two, four, or six years, or otherwise as directed by the court).
Should you have any questions about assisting a family member or friend with these matters, please contact our office. More information about trusteeship and guardianship can also be found at www.humanservices.alberta.ca/guardianship-trusteeship.html.