A person may not have planned ahead. If the situation is significant in terms of how it will affect the person’s life but not extremely urgent then someone wishing to be a representative must apply to court for decision-making powers.
- This application can be made to the Circuit Court who will appoint a Decision Making Representative.
If the decision is extremely urgent then the decision should be made in accordance with the following principles:
- Consider the person’s own known past and present wishes and attempt to make a decision that is as close as possible to the decision that person might have made for themselves.
- Consider the views of others that he/she would name as people to be consulted.
- Consider the views of any carer/person with a genuine interest in the person’s welfare.
- Try to make a decision which least restricts the person’s rights and freedom
- Act at all times in good faith and for his/her benefit only.