If one has not planned for this situation, the only recourse available is to seek a COURT ORDERED GUARDIANSHIP. It does not matter if you are married, a parent or sibling or lifetime partner. No adult can speak for another adult without a legal document giving them permission.
Court proceedings are often stressful, costly, time consuming, unpredictable, cumbersome, and, at times, open to the public. More importantly, the court's involvement is completely unnecessary, if you plan ahead.
Certain estate planning measures will allow you to choose trusted individuals (Agents) and empower them to act on your behalf without court intervention. This involves PREPARING THE DOCUMENTS LISTED BELOW that bind the appointed individuals to follow a specific set of instructions designed to meet your stated wishes.
MOST INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE 18 YEARS OLD OR OLDER SHOULD HAVE THESE DOCUMENTS.
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