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The Importance of Advanced Care Planning

One of the most abused legal documents is the Power of Attorney. It can give power to a person who might misuse it and leave you powerless in controlling your own life. The same goes for a Personal Care Directive because if this document is ill-prepared, you could end up receiving medical care in a way you never wanted. However, without these documents, you and your family could face costly...

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What is the criteria for medical assistance in dying?

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Since June 2017 Medical Assistance in Dying has been legal in Alberta.

On June 17, 2016, the Federal parliament in Ottawa passed an Act that amended the Criminal Code so that Medical Assistance in Dying is permitted in Canada. This change occurred because by the Supreme Court of Canada's decision in Carter v. Canada (Carter 2015) ...

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Should my 18 year old have a will?

In Alberta, most people have to be 18 years of age to write a will. There are a variety of exceptions to this rule, for example if you a minor has a child or is a member of the military then you may be able to write a will while you are a minor. However, by and large most minors are unable to create a will in Alberta until their 18th birthday. 

Should your child write a will when they turn...

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What a Personal Directive Can and Cannot Do

personal directive Aug 01, 2018

A personal care directive  (PCD) is a legal document that enables you to indicate how, why, and by whom your personal care decisions may be made in the event that you cannot make them on your own. In Alberta, your PCD is placed in your Green Sleeve, an advanced care planning document that conveys your wishes regarding medical, resuscitation, and comfort care to your doctors and other...

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Greensleeves: What do you need to know?

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In Alberta, Green Sleeves are often referred to as ‘medical passports.’ They are green plastic pockets that keep your advance care planning documents in a single, easily accessed place. In an emergency situation, Alberta medical providers can review the contents and know what your wishes are. In Alberta most people keep these green plastic envelopes on the refrigerator door where...

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