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Peace of mind with a Personal Directive

What is a Personal Directive?

A Personal Directive (PD) is a document that gives someone else (your “agent”) the right to make decisions for you in regard to health care, housing, and medical treatment.

Please note, a personal directive does not give a person the authority to make financial decisions for you. For financial decisions, you need an Enduring Power of Attorney (see our earlier post on EPA’s for more information!).


A personal directive comes into effect only when you no longer have the mental capacity to make personal decisions. This means that when a person no longer has the ability to understand the information needed to make a decision – and appreciate the consequences of such a decision - a personal directive would come into effect.


The important questions for a Personal Directive


Here are some important considerations for your personal directive:

  1. Would you want to be kept artificially alive in the event that a Doctor has made the declaration that there is no hope of recovery?

  2. Do you wish to be kept free from pain, even if it may impact or shorten your life?

  3. Do you wish to donate your organs for organ donation?

  4. Do you wish to donate your organs for scientific or medical research?

  5. Who do you trust with ensuring your views on the above matters are respected?

What can Fletcher Law do for you?

A personal directive is essential in case of a serious illness or injury where you may become incapable of making personal decisions for yourself. It will allow you to control how your personal decisions are made and will be made by someone that you trust. We would be happy to prepare the personal directive to ensure your wishes are met and answer any questions you may have to give you peace of mind.


To learn more about a Personal Directive, please contact Attila Nadori at 403-452-4060 ext 224 or anadori@fletcherlaw.ca.


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