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WhoDecidesWhenYouCannot


Who Decides?

Who will make decisions when you cannot?

a. HEALTH: Living Will or Personal Directive

  • Adults can write instructions about their health care treatments and where they wish to live if they are unable to  care for themselves. They can name the person who will make decisions for them if they are unable due to illness, accident or become mentally incapable.

  • Forms are available at Physician offices, from home care workers, or

http://www.humanservices.alberta.ca/documents/opg-personal-directives-form-opg5521.pdf

b. FINANCIAL: Enduring Power of Attorney

  • Adults can write instructions about who will manage their finances and how their finances are to be managed when they cannot do it themselves. This can become effective at any time or can be triggered when an event occurs or by a capacity assessment.

None of these documents is a will. Wills are only used after a person is dead.

What happens if there is no Living Will, Personal Directive or Enduring Power of Attorney?

  • With your cooperation, a relative or friend can become a co-decision maker, guardian or trustee. The application is made through the court.

None of these documents is a will. Wills are only used after a person is dead.

What happens if a trusted family member or friends is not able to help?

a. Health: Public Guardian

b. Financial: Public Trustee

None of these documents is a will. Wills are only used after a person is dead.