The state of Georgia has a pretty basic plan for what happens if somebody is incapacitated Emergency situations are treated differently than the just run-of-the-mill normal life activities. In an emergency situation, Georgia has the Doctrine of Implied Consent, that means if you are brought into a hospital, unconscious, from a car accident and you sustained some sort of injury, Georgia law assumes that you give consent to the doctors to do whatever they need to do to save your life. If you want something other that that, you need to tattoo across your chest “Do not resitate” and even then they will probably still attempt to save your life because the Doctrine of Implied Consent doesn’t matter what you’ve actually said. In Georgia, that’s implied. The other situation is the involuntary committal process. This is a mental health admission where if you are determined to be a danger to yourself or to others, you can be held for up to seventy-two hours and if they want to hold you longer than that seventy-two hours, they must go before the probate judge and that probate judge has to be convinced that you are still a danger to yourself and to others and than the probate judge can authorize you to be held in an appropriate mental health facility for whatever length of time they determine. Again. That is indefinite as well, the court can actually do that, and you can be held for a long time with an involuntary committal. Georgia has a nice little-known law 31-9-2 which authorizes certain individuals to make medical consents even if it is not an emergency situation. This is helpful only in Georgia, does not apply outside of Georgia, it is a Georgia specific law, but if you have an adult child, twenty-one or twenty two, who is incapable of making their own decisions, the doctors are permitted to turn to you to make those decisions, however, there are slip-up problems with this, there are other issues and just because you are allowed to doesn’t mean the doctors will accept it. There is no way to force doctors to accept your authority. Using this, this is only telling doctors that you have the authority to accept decisions this way but it doesn’t mean they have to. Often times we will have doctors telling us that we need to get a guardianship established for this individual.