I suspect my ex-spouse might be exploiting or abusing my child, what should I do?
My husband had a stroke -how do I mobilize his savings to pay for medical and household expenses?
My mom has suddenly and wrongly accused my sister of stealing her valuables. I suspect my mom might be suffering from delusion and dementia. What should I do?
The role of capacity in different life stages
Capacity refers to the mental competence of an individual to make a particular decision, and/or undertake certain acts, and/or engage in a particular activity. Who can make decision and what can be done? Doing the right thing at the right time by the right person is key!
<18 years old
Financial/ Asset decisions:
- Will, which is executed after death
- Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA), executed after becomes mentally-incapacitated
- Advance Directive (AD), which takes effect
after becomes mentally-incapacitated
Let’s take a look at some real life examples.
Medical and Welfare
What should the doctor do when family members have different views? Who can make the decision?
Finance and Legal
How to handle Mr Wong’s business and assets? How to support medical expenses of Mr Wong and the education and living expenses of his family in the future?
Mr Wong suddenly lost consciousness at home one night. His family called the ambulance and sent him to hospital immediately. Mr Wong was diagnosed with haemorrhagic stroke. He had passed the critical period in the intensive care unit and received 6-week in-patient rehabilitation treatment, however, Mr Wong remained paralysed on his right side and his language ability was grossly damaged. He became dependent in his basic activities of daily living (including toileting, personal hygiene, dressing, eating and transferring).
Mr Wong has not prepared any power of attorney before. Therefore, no one can administer or manage his assets and property.
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