woman with one hand on the other making a decision A time may come when you are unable to look after your own affairs. It is recommended that you choose someone you trust to legally represent you.

Options include:

Legal Representative for your Financial Matters

Enduring Power of Attorney is an option that can be arranged through your lawyer and can only be done while you are mentally capable. Avoid potentially costly legal proceedings, act now.

Legal Representative for Health Care (Health Care Proxy)

You have the right to accept or refuse medical treatment. If you are mentally capable, The Health Care Directives Act allows you to express your wishes regarding the amount and type(s) of health care and treatment you wish to receive in the event that you are unable to speak or otherwise express your wishes. The Act also allows you to appoint someone to make medical decisions for you if you are not able to make them yourself. It is important that this person knows your wishes. Please talk to your health care provider or legal representative for more information about completing a directive that includes a health care proxy.

Read more about Health Care Directives or download a Health Care Directive form.

Substitute Decision-Maker

This term is used to describe a person who is given responsibility to make decisions on another person’s behalf. Most often, this person is either a Power of Attorney, a Health Care Proxy or both.