Did you know at 19 years of age, every person, disabled or not, is considered competent and capable of managing their own affairs?
Did you know that you will have no more legal right to make binding legal decisions for that person than you would any other adult in the Province?
No matter the reason for the disability, there are only three legal options available to support an adult with a disability.
Legal Options Available to Support An Adult with a Disability
- Enduring Power of Attorney
- A Power of Attorney is a legal document that allows an appointed person to act on another’s behalf only with regard to financial matters when they are unable to act due to absence, illness or some other infirmity.
- Personal Directive
- A Personal Directive allows an adult to appoint another to make “personal care” decisions on their behalf at a time when they are unable to make those decisions for themselves. “Personal care” includes health care, residence and support services.
- Adult Guardianship allows an appointed person to be responsible for both the personal and financial interests of an adult who is mentally incapable of caring for their own interests due to mental infirmity.
- You can learn more about adult guardianship in Nova Scotia on the Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia’s website.
- Should you decide that guardianship is in the best interests of your adult family member, MMC LEGAL SERVICES will be pleased to offer you a variety of options, from the traditional to a more do-it-yourself option, with or without retaining me to assist you with the process, as required.
By booking a consultation with MMC LEGAL SERVICES, you will be learn about the pros and cons of each option and gain the accurate, up-to-date information you need to decide what option(s) is best for your loved one.
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