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Guardians Ad Litem - Powers of Attorney

You will not likely be hiring me as a "Guardians Ad Litem", but you might have to deal with one, after we file our Petition for Guardianship, Conservatorship, or other Probate Court petition. 

Guardians Ad Litem, or GAL's are local attorneys, appointed by the Probate Judge, to help investigate and report to the Judge on the merits of the Petition. A GAL's duty might be to see if a certain petition should be granted, or to ensure that the rights of a vulnerable person are protected. I myself serve as a GAL in local courts.

A GAL is required to visit, and to report to the Court. If you have a Probate Court matter, involving a GAL, you would be wise to cooperate with that GAL. Because you know the Judge hearing your matter has regarded this attorney enough to appoint him/her as a GAL, it is a fair bet that the Judge will follow their recommendations closely. Call me, or e-mail me with any questions you might have on probate, or any other issues raised anywhere in this website.

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Learn more about Michigan Power of Attorney Laws & Protections.

You can actually designate the person you want to step in on your behalf, to make medical decisions; in Michigan this person is called a "Patient Advocate".
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Michigan law requires a little bit of drama and ceremony, for the proper execution of a financial power of attorney. Given the significant powers and responsibilities that an agent takes on, the purpose of such requirements is to make certain that the power of attorney document, and relationship, was set up intentionally.
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As with financial powers of attorney, Michigan law requires similar ceremony, for the proper execution of a medical power of attorney. See MCLA §700.5506. These documents can foreseeably take on life and death importance, and third persons such as doctors, nursing homes and hospitals need to know that they can rely on the guidance they get from an agent under a Medical Power of Attorney (aka “patient advocate”).
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