A health care surrogate is an adult who is appointed to make healthcare decisions for you when you become unable to make them for yourself. What is the difference between a Medical Power of Attorney and a Health Care Surrogate?
If you can't conduct business due to mental or physical incapicity (Alzheimer's, stroke, heart attack, etc.) only a coure appointee can sign for you-even if you have a will. (Remember, a will only goes into effect after you die.)
Once the court gets invovled, it usually stays involved until you recover or die. The court, not your family, controls how your assets are used to care for you. This public process can be expensive, embarrassing, time consuming and diffucult to end if you recover. And it does not replace probate at death-your family could have to go through the system twice.