What factors will the court consider when deciding who to appoint as Committee?

When choosing a Committee for the estate (i.e. money), the court will consider:

  • Who can best deal with the patient’s financial affairs
  • Who can best nurture his/her estate (i.e. assets)
  • Who can best see that the patient’s income and estate are applied for his/her greatest benefit
  • The proposed Committee’s previous involvement with the patient and his/her family
  • The proposed Committee’s knowledge and understanding of the patient’s situation and needs
  • The proposed Committee’s level of experience and capability in performing the duties of a committee
  • Any plan the proposed Committee has for the management of the patient
  • Any potential conflict of interest between the proposed Committee and the patient
  • Whether other family members support the proposed Committee
  • Whether the patient has indicated a preference, by granting a Power of Attorney or making a legal nomination of Committee
  • And most of all, what is in the best interests of the patient

 When choosing a Committee for the person (i.e. personal decisions), the court will consider:

  • The length of the relationship between the proposed Committee and the patient
  • How close the relationship has been
  • How frequent contact has been
  • Who can best provide the love and support the patient will need
  • Who can best nurture the relationship between the patient and the patient’s family
  • Whether other family members support the proposed Committee
  • Whether the patient has indicated a preference
  • And most of all, what is in the best interests of the patient

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