This resource is not intended to offer legal advice. For legal advice you may wish to consult a lawyer.
The following links will help you access information about some legal matters related to financial or personal care decisions.
The Nova Scotia Public Trustee helps to protect the rights and interests of mentally incapable adults who have no one else to act on their behalf. These services include property guardianship personal care guardianship, and decisions about treatment and admission to long-term care.
The power of attorney kit helps you to appoint the person you want to make decisions for you when you are no longer able to do so for yourself. For financial decisions, legal authority is needed. You can give this authority by naming someone in a continuing power of attorney for property. For personal care decisions such as where you live or what you eat, you can give legal authority by naming someone in a power of attorney for personal care.
A "living will" is a document in which you outline your wishes about the care to be administered should you become ill and unable to communicate your wishes about treatment. A "living will" is commonly referred to as "advance directive".
A Will reflects your wishes about the distribution of your assets and it also names your executor or executrix, the person you want to carry out the terms of your will. Guides for preparing wills are available at bookstores, on the Internet or you may wish to seek legal advice to help you prepare this important document.