Power of Attorney for Personal Care
More information about Power of Attorney for Personal Care
A Power of Attorney for Health Care is a legal document that empowers a specific individual to speak with others and make decisions on your behalf concerning your medical condition, treatment, and care.
It is important that you fully trust the person you make your attorney, as he or she may be charged with making life-and-death decisions on your behalf.
Given the legal implications a lawyer’s expertise should be sought when a Power of Attorney for Health Care is being drafted.
The person who gives aPower of Attorney can always withdraw, rescind or revoke the Power of Attorney.
End-of-Life and Treatment Decisions
Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID)
In October 2020, the Government of Canada introduced legislation to clarify the law regarding medical assistance in dying. This new law is expected to permit eligible persons who wish to seek medical assistance in dying (MAID) to do so whether their natural death is reasonably foreseeable or not. In the opinion of some people, these legal changes could lead to reducing unnecessary suffering in Canada. The new changes to the law will also support greater autonomy and freedom of choice for eligible persons, and provide safeguards to protect those who may be vulnerable.
This is one of the most sensitive areas of wills and estate law. We strongly encourage our clients to speak to their family members, faith leaders, doctors, therapists, friends and others about this topic.
We can assist your family through this difficult decision with empathy and dignity