Personal Directives

A Personal Directive is a legal document that appoints someone else to make decisions about your personal, non-financial matters such as health care and housing should you become unable to do this yourself.

The resources on this page were hand-picked by the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta's team of librarians as a good place to start.

For a further resources on this topic and related documents, see the legal topic: Wills and estates


CPLEA Suggested Resources

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This online resource is from the Canadian Legal FAQs, a website of the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta. These FAQs include information about: Making a Will - Being an Executor; Making a Power of Attorney - Being a Personal Representative; and Making a Personal Directive - Being an Agent.

Related legal topic(s): Wills and estates

The Alberta Supports Centres can provide assistance with guardianship and trusteeship applications as well as writing a personal directive and applying for co-decision-making.

Related legal topic(s): Elder abuse, Guardianship and trusteeship, Wills and estates

This booklet produced by the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta is for people who have been asked to be an Agent under someone’s Personal Directive. It explains what is involved in being an Agent. There are two sections: a question and answer section that covers issues to consider before you accept the job as well as common questions and examples; and a checklist section that helps guide you when the Personal Directive comes into effect. This booklet gives general information only, not legal advice. It is not a do-it-yourself guide. This 20 page PDF is available for free download.

Related legal topic(s): Wills and estates

This booklet produced by the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta is for people who are wondering if they should write a Personal Directive. It is about putting your affairs in order and planning for the future. It explains what is involved in making a Personal Directive and how a Personal Directive can help you to look after your future personal (non-financial) needs. It describes some common examples. This 16 page PDF is available for free download.

Related legal topic(s): Guardianship and trusteeship, Wills and estates

This website of the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta (CPLEA) focuses on how Canadian law protects and affects older adults. Topic areas covered include elder abuse, planning for the future, personal and family relationships, and various other issues (e.g. consumer, travel).

Related legal topic(s): Consumer protection and fraud, Elder abuse, Family law general resources, Guardianship and trusteeship, Wills and estates

Alberta Resources

This is a series of publications developed with funding from Employment and Social Development Canada. The multimedia resource package is focused on increasing the knowledge and awareness of how intermediaries can use the law to prevent and reduce elder abuse. (Resources are available in English and French)

Related legal topic(s): Elder abuse, Wills and estates

Complaints | How it works. If you have a serious concern, you can file a written complaint with the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee. If it meets the criteria, it can be investigated. If you have a serious concern, you can file a written complaint about a:  co-decision-maker, guardian, trustee, personal directive agent. If your complaint meets the criteria, the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee can open an investigation.These criteria are set in law. They’re from the Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship Act and the Personal Directives Act.

Related legal topic(s): Guardianship and trusteeship

This online resource from Service Alberta provides information about Personal Directives. Sections include: Introduction; A Time When You Cannot Make Decisions; Writing Your Personal Directive; Choosing Someone to Make Decisions on Your Behalf - Your "Agent"; Areas of Decision Making Authority; Information Card; Frequently Asked Questions; Definitions; and Where Can I Get More Help? (PDF - 24 pages)
Related legal topic(s): Wills and estates

Produced by Student Legal Services of Edmonton. Topics include: Important Terms; What Is A Will? Formal Wills; Holograph Wills; Soldier’s Or Mariner’s Wills; Pre-Printed Wills; Mutual And Joint Wills; Application For Adequate Provisions; The Matrimonial Home; Altering A Will; Revoking A Will; General Issues; Dying Without A Will; Personal Directives (Living Wills); Enduring Power Of Attorney.

Related legal topic(s): Wills and estates

Canada/Federal

Advance care planning is a process of reflection and communication, a time for you to reflect on your values and wishes, and to let others know your future health and personal care preferences in the event that you become incapable of consenting to or refusing treatment or other care. This website will help you to create an advance care plan that will document your wishes to be followed in the event you cannot speak for yourself. This website also gives information to caregivers, family, and friends helping to create an advance care plan for you. There is a Tool kit for community organizations; ACP planning resources; and Workbooks for all jurisdictions.

Related legal topic(s): Guardianship and trusteeship, Wills and estates