Legal decision-making responsibility for an adult dependent
Making decisions is the primary function of an appointed guardian. All decisions a guardian makes for a dependent must be guided by the principle of informed consent. This means that all facts must be reviewed in order to make the best possible decision for the dependent.
A guardian must also consider the least restrictive alternative for the dependent, meaning that the option doesn't place any more limits on the dependent than necessary to achieve the best outcome for their well-being. Adult guardianship’s biggest responsibilities, other than caring for the individual, are often making key decisions around financial, legal and medical matters for the adult dependent.
Guardians also must consider the dependent’s preferences and values when making decisions and should seek to make decisions based on what’s known as substituted judgment. This means doing what a dependent would have chosen to do if they still had the capacity to make their own decisions.
If the guardian is not able to make a substituted judgment determination, then the decision should be based on what the guardian determines to be in the best interest of the dependent.
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