What are the differences between a durable power of attorney agent, a health care surrogate, and a guardian?
A durable power of attorney agent usually handles financial and legal matters (and in some cases, medical matters).
A health care surrogate can take care of health care decisions when needed.
A guardian usually makes most decisions for a ward that is incapacitated. The legal right to make decisions in certain (usually most) areas is taken away from the ward. This is done through a court process.