What is an Enduring Power of Guardianship?

An Enduring Power of Guardianship in Australia is similar to a Living Will. Often termed an EGA it sets out instructions for what type of medical treatment, if any, you want administered should you be unable to communicate your wishes at that time. Examples of instructions in an [EGA] include whether you want to be put on a respirator or have a feeding tube, and whether you should be resuscitated if you stop breathing. It is not a document that distributes your assets after you die. NB : The Law differs in various States/Territories; For example, in NSW an EGA is a separate document whereas in QLD its combined with Enduring Power of Attorney (“EPOA”). In NSW an EPOA is a separate document dealing with legal & financial affairs only while incapacitated and terminates on death

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