Where a power of attorney is a voluntary authority given by someone who is able to make decisions for themselves to another person, a Guardianship Order is a Court appointment which authorises someone to take action or make decisions on behalf of an adult who is 16 years of age or over but who is incapable of doing so for themselves.

It can be in relation to property and financial matters, personal welfare, or a combination of these.

An Intervention Order is similarly a Court appointment which would normally be suitable when dealing with an issue where a specific outcome is required whereas a Guardianship would be more appropriate where ongoing management of the adult’s affairs is required.

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