Should I appoint more than one person as my substitute decision maker?
You can appoint more than one person. Your decision to appoint multiple substitute decision makers who must act together should not be made lightly. While the two or more individuals are to act on your previous instructions, there is always room for interpretation, and you cannot specifically set out your wishes for every possible physical or mental issue you may face. Your instructions must be general at times, and the generality of these instructions leaves room for differing interpretations, which could lead to indecision when decisions are needed. If you do want to appoint more than one person, consider appointing three rather than two people, with a majority rule situation so that there can be no stalemates. We normally recommend one person, but also appointing one or more backups in case the initial appointee is not available or unwilling to then act in such a role.
- Do I need a power of attorney?
- Who should I appoint as my attorney?
- What can an attorney do for me?
- Can I terminate the appointment of an attorney?
- What are the risks in appointing someone as an attorney?
- Are there rules that an attorney must follow?
- What is a representation agreement?
- How is this document different from, or similar to, a will or a power of attorney?
- What matters are normally set out in a representation agreement?
- The person you appoint is your “substitute decision maker”. What does this mean and who should I appoint?
- Should I appoint more than one person as my substitute decision maker?
- How is this document different from a “Living Will”?
- Can I terminate this agreement or change the person I appoint in it?