An Enduring Guardianship is when you nominate someone to make personal and lifestyle decisions for you should you become incapable of doing so yourself.

If you are over 18 years of age, you can appoint a guardian. In doing so, you are able to specify which decisions your enduring guardian is able to make (known as functions) and give them directions on how to carry out those functions. When choosing an enduring guardian you are able to clearly define which functions they can decide upon. This means you can give them as few or as many as you like. You also have the power to detail as much as possible, the decisions you'd like your enduring guardian to make.

You can give your nominated enduring guardian as few or as many functions as you like, and provide them with detailed directions about how to best exercise the decision-making functions you give them.

Please note, however, that an enduring guardian is not legally able to make certain decisions. This includes making a Will for you, voting on your behalf, giving consent to marriage, managing your finances or overriding your objections to medical treatment. If you want to pass these responsibilities on to somebody else, you will need a Power of Attorney.

For more information on Enduring Guardianship, please contact Laymens on Free Call 1800 529 636.