Personal Directives

A Personal Directive (previously known as a “living will”) is a document that allows you to name a person to look after your medical and health care decisions for you if you are incapacitated and unable to do so yourself.  A Personal Directive takes effect only if you become incapacitated in the future.  It allows the person you have designated (known as your “Agent”) to make ongoing decisions about what types of medical care or treatment you should receive, where you should live if you require nursing care, and also end of life decisions, such as not being kept alive by artificial means if you are in a persistent coma.  Having a Personal Directive allows a person's family avoid having to go to Court to obtain a Guardianship Order under the Dependent Adults Act, which can be a time consuming and expensive process.

If you would like more information about what is involved in deciding on instructions for a Personal Directive, please select the link noted below.  If you would like a form to fill out with instructions for your Personal Directive so that you can send it in to me, please select the link noted below.

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