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How can an emergency temporary guardianship (ETG) appointment be used to help?

When somebody is suffering from the diseases of addiction and mental illness, one of the things they’re not capable of doing is making rational diseases for themselves. So the emergency temporary guardianship can be used by a parent, for instance, to get control of what is an out-of-control decision, and start making decisions for that person. It may be medical decisions. It may be financial decisions. It gives them access to medical records. But when you’re dealing with somebody who has an addiction issue or mental illness issue, they’re just not capable of making decisions for themselves that are in their best interests, and so by getting a guardianship, you enable the parent to start making the decisions, rational decisions, that are in their child’s best interests.