An American teenager made headlines around the world when he suffered from a soccer related accident that caused a serious brain injury. A novel side effect was when the young man regain consciousness, the unilingual English speaker was suddenly fluent in Spanish.
Sadly, many family members face serious mental capacity issues as a result of injury, illness or old age and that render the individual unable to make important life decisions for himself or herself. For their family members, it is hard to know where to turn for help.
In some cases, a valid designated power of attorney gives authority to another person to take over decision-making for the mentally incapacitated individual. This blog post will address what to do when there is no valid power or attorney in place.