Q: What are the missions of IGN?
A: The missions of IGN are to provide support,
information and networking opportunities for guardians worldwide and
to put the legal proceedings of the UN Convention on the Rights of
Persons with Disabilities (especially article 12 “Equal rights” and
article 24 „Inclusion“) into practice.
We initiate innovative projects and international congresses. IGN is independent of political or religious ideologies.
Q: How can I be registered in the IGN Mailing List?
A: Everyone who is working as professional, volunteer or family member in the international adult guardianship area can be registered in the IGN Mailing List with name, website and email address. The registration is voluntary and free. Every listed person is receiving the IGN Newsletter every two months.
Q: What is guardianship?
A: A guardian can be appointed for a person with a
disability whose capacity to make decisions is impaired and who
needs a guardian to make decisions for them. In many European
countries like in Germany and in Austria guardians may be appointed
for personal matters such as health care or accommodation and for
financial decisions (managing another person’s financial and legal
In countries like The Netherlands or in Australia financial management is not a part of guardianship.
Family members and volunteers have preference over professional guardians. A person may not need a guardian if the person has made an enduring power of guardianship.
The legislations between the countries and states can be different. For more information just visit our overview regarding international guardianship systems and contact your local court or the office of the public guardian.
Q: What is an enduring power of attorney?
A: A modern legislation enables a competent adult to appoint another person to make decisions and take action for them. An enduring power of attorney generally continues after the person who made the enduring power loses capacity to make decisions. Enduring powers of attorney cover three areas:
- 1) Enduring power of guardianship
- 2) Financial and legal decision making
- 3) Medical treatment decision making
Powers of attorney are to be revoked when guardianship is applied. For more information just visit the link international guardianship systems. Check the legislation in your country or state to see whether you can make one or more enduring powers of attorney.