Health Care Directives

Winnipeg Health Care Directive


Information on Health Care Directives A health care directive is a legal document that authorizes another person to make medical decisions on your behalf when you are no longer able to communicate your wishes.  It can state exactly what type of treatment you want, or simply leave all medical decisions up to the individual named in the document.  Medical professionals have a duty to continue to provide care regardless of the circumstances of your condition.  Without a health care directive, doctors will make their own decisions regarding your medical treatment, or confer with a parent, spouse or older child.  Other next-of-kin, domestic partners or close friends who may have more understanding of your desires will not be consulted.  A health care directive empowers a person of your choosing to decide what type of care you will receive when you are unable to speak for yourself. Contact a Winnipeg estate planning lawyer to find out more about health care directives and how to ensure your desires regarding medical treatment are upheld.

Health Care Directive Lawyer in Winnipeg

Assiniboia Law Office is a qualified estate planning firm that can help prepare vital legal documents such as wills, trusts, and health care directives.  Without a health care directive, your medical care will be decided by doctors, a spouse, parent or elder child if you are incapacitated.   It is not uncommon for family members to disagree about the type of treatment a loved one should receive when they are seriously ill.  Some situations can become so combative that they can only be resolved in court.  A health care directive makes sure your intentions regarding medical treatment are carried out.  The directive will go into effect when:
  • You are comatose or near death and your condition is terminal
  • You are no longer able to communicate your own desires verbally, in writing or through any other means
  • You doctors or the medical personal providing treatment are notified of your written directions
We have over two decades of experience working with clients to make sure their final requests are carried out.  Our firm can provide reliable legal advice, and ensure all of your needs and requirements are met.