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Dealing with Third Parties

Community workers often deal with third parties, formal and informal. There are many examples, including advocates, family members, carers, representatives, nominee for payment, attorneys, guardians and administrators among others.

They may be informal third parties, usually being supportive family members, siblings, spouses, children, carers, advocates or representatives.

Or they may be formal third parties, usually being legal representatives, including litigation guardians, formally appointed carers, attorneys, nominees for payment, guardians and administrators. Many of the formal third parties play a formal role in the client’s lives and may act as if they are the client. Their actions are often guided by policies, legislation and formal agreements.

The roles, powers, responsibilities, duties of each of these may be different and on occasion there may be more than one involved. Sometimes people share these roles and positions. For example, it would not be uncommon for a wife or husband to be carer, guardian and administrator for a their spouse.


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Informal third parties
A person with a significant cognitive impairment may have a range of third parties involved in their lives, including family members who assist,...


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Formal third parties
Legal representatives includes legal practitioners, often called lawyers, solicitors or barristers. In cases where the client is represented by a...