Doctor or Wife: Who should make decisions for gravely ill elderly man?

Ethical Dilemma In Hennepin County Court « CBS Minnesota – News, Sports, Weather, Traffic, and the Best of Minnesota

In the news today was a case in Hennepin County Probate court involving a request by an elderly man’s doctor to have a professional guardian appointed for the elderly man (Al Barnes), even though the man’s wife apparently has decision making authority (through a health care directive and power of attorney, most likely). The doctor/hospital believe that the man is at the end of his life and that his wife is not making capable, rational decisions about medical procedures to sustain his life. A hearing was held in Hennepin County today and was apparently continued until February 2nd, in order to give the court appointed attorney (for the elderly man) time to gather information and adequately prepare for a hearing.


Subscribe to Minnesota Guardianship Blog via Email

Enter your email address to Minnesota Guardianship Blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Contact Us

Call Us 952-943-3919

Spence Legal Services

12800 Whitewater Drive, Suite 100 Minnetonka, MN 55343 Fax: 763-447-3661 Map and Directions

Appointments Available By Request

Edina Minneapolis – North Loop Bloomington St. Louis Park Woodbury

Subscribe to Minnesota Guardianship Blog via Email

A blog about all things guardianship and conservatorship.

Copyright 2018 | Disclaimer | Legal Notice | Another site by Conroy Creative Counsel