Making The Law Work For You

It is recommended that anyone over the age of 18 have a:
  • Will
  • Power of attorney for personal care
  • Power of attorney for financial matters

Understanding legal options and taking action is the first step to ensure your wishes will be carried out.

Legal Documents
What Legal Documents do You Need?
Resources for Other Legal Issues
  • Legal documents make your wishes known to others
  • Create documents when you are mentally capable
  • You can:
    • Write these documents yourself
    • Obtain a kit to assist you
    • Have a lawyer do it or review it (will charge fee)
  • Name people to act on your behalf - give them a copy or ensure they can get it when needed)
  • Update documents when you:
    • Have a major change in your life
    • Want to change the person you have chosen to act on your behalf
    • When the person you have named is no longer willing or able
Will
  • Signed document to provide directions about your property after your death
  • Designates person(s) to carry out directions
Continuing Power of Attorney (POA) for Property
  • Signed document identifies person(s) to act on your behalf regarding financial affairs (home, and anything else you own)
  • Indicates when the person can and cannot act on your behalf (when you are on a trip, mentally incapable etc.)
Power of Attorney (POA) for Personal Care
  • Doctors/other health care professionals must get consent from you or person(s) you have chosen before providing treatment
  • Signed document naming person(s) to act on your behalf for personal care decisions (health care, medical treatment, diet, housing, clothing, hygiene, safety)
  • Health Care Consent Act Link to external site lists people who can make decisions if you have not named a POA for Personal Care
For more information: Living Will/ Advance Care Directive