Have you considered a Living Will?

Have you considered a living will?The expression “living will” is sometimes used to refer to a document in which you write down what you want to happen if you become ill and can’t communicate your wishes about treatment. It is quite common, for example, for people to write a “living will” saying that they do not want to be kept alive on artificial life supports if they have no hope of recovery. The term “advance directive” is also frequently used to refer to such a document. Some people use the phrase “proxy directive” to describe a document that combines a Power of Attorney and a “living will”.

The treatment of living wills differ from province to province.  Be sure to consult your lawyer.

A “living will” is not the same as a Power of Attorney for Personal care however; you can write your treatment wishes as part of your Power of Attorney document so that your chosen power of attorney is aware of them.

It is important to communicate to family members that you have a “living will” and they know its whereabouts. It may also be of advantage to carry a wallet card outlining its existence and location.

When drafting a “living will” we suggest discussing the conditions with your Doctor and Lawyer.  If you are spending time out of the country or in other provinces your Lawyer will also be able to advise you on the treatment of your living will in these locations. This CBC news article explains more http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/wills/

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