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    If I don't make a Power of Attorney or a "living will", will the government automatically step in if I can't manage my own affairs?
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    No. In these circumstances a family member has the right to make your health care decisions or apply to become your "guardian" of property. Alternatively, someone else ?V such as a close friend - could apply to act for you in these matters. The government, through the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee (OPGT), acts only in situations where no other suitable person is available, able and willing.

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