Power of attorney
There are a number of ways to anticipate the unexpected. Your notary can point out to you the options available to you to protect yourself and your family in the event of incapacity on your part.
Mandate in case of incapacity
If you have been declared incapacitated, someone will have to make decisions on your behalf regarding your property, your medical care and accommodation, etc. You can consult your notary to get advice on the drafting of what is called a “mandate in case of incapacity” or “protection mandate”. In the mandate, you can name one or more trustworthy persons who will make decisions on your behalf in the event that you become incapacitated. The mandate can also state your wishes in terms of organ donation at the time of your death.
Advanced medical directives
Following the public consultations on dying with dignity and in accordance with the Act Respecting End-of-Life Care which will come into effect shortly, a person can choose ahead of time (in very specific cases) the care they will receive should they be unable to give or refuse consent. Your notary can send your requests and choices to the RAMQ Registry.