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Personal Care Planning

Planning Ahead for Personal Care

Personal care planning is an important facet of your estate plan. There are a number of solutions available to assist you in directing and guiding your personal care in the event you become incapable.

At the Toronto, Ontario, law firm of O’Sullivan Estate Lawyers LLP, we provide cost-effective and tailored personal care planning solutions. We assist clients with their estate planning and develop personal care strategies in the event that they become incapacitated.

What Is a Power of Attorney for Personal Care?

In Ontario, a power of attorney for personal care allows you to authorize any person who is 16 years of age or older to make personal care decisions for you including health care and medical decisions on your behalf if you are incapable. You can appoint more than one attorney for personal care.

Advance Medical Planning Using Health Care Directives and Living Wills

Health care directives are becoming increasingly popular in Canada. A health care directive can provide your family with directions and help them carry out your wishes about your personal care, including medical care and procedures should you be unable to make those decisions yourself. You can provide information regarding the type of treatment you wish to receive or reject if you become incapable or should you be at the end of life.

You can also express other wishes, including as an example the desire to continue to reside in your home and not in an institutional care setting as long as it is reasonable to do so.

Cross-Border and Multijurisdictional Personal Care Planning

We can assist you in coordinating the preparation of multiple powers of attorney for personal care in other jurisdictions in which you may reside or stay for periods of time, which is an important part of a comprehensive estate plan.

Consult With Our Lawyers

Our incapacity and estate planning lawyers can assist you in developing a complete estate plan that includes personal care planning solutions. For more information about our firm and our personal care planning services, including how to create a living will and other beneficial estate planning tools, contact our lawyers.