Personal Directives Act Alberta

Personal Directives

As humans, we are faced with risk every day. However, by preparing for the future, we can ensure those we love are protected and cared for when we are no longer able to support them. Having a Will, Power of Attorney, or Personal Directive in place ensures you and your loved ones have full control over life’s events.

A Personal Directive allows your chosen representative, who knows your values and wishes, to make personal decisions on your behalf when you are no longer capable of making them.

These wishes can include anything from your choice of medical treatment, body organ donation, and end of life procedures to instructions regarding your children.

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Personal Directives

A Personal directive outlines your wishes in both medical and other personal affairs, when you are no longer capable of communicating them. For that reason it may also be referred to as a Living Will or an Advanced Medical Directive.

Without a Personal Directive, your loved ones may need to go through a tedious court application to attain guardianship and have the authority to represent you at the hospital, make decisions regarding your treatment, and carry out your wishes. In this case, you also may not have a say in who will become in charge of your affairs and how you want them to be handled.

How Personal Directive Works
  1. We will meet to assess your wishes and needs, with the goal of deciding on the most appropriate estate planning approach for you. Our easy-to-follow questionnaire will guide you through all your options, so we leave no stone unturned during our initial appointment. Whether this is your first time drafting a will or your life circumstances have changed, we’ve compiled a convenient and affordable package consisting of a Will, Enduring Power of Attorney, and a Personal Directive. The three documents cover instances of both death and incapacity, so you can have peace of mind that you are fully protected on all fronts. Drafting all three documents at once also allows us to ensure they are consistent with one another, meanwhile offering you some cost savings in the process. If you are not able to visit us in-person, we are happy to assist you online or over the phone.
  2. Once we have a good understanding of your requests, we will take approximately 5-10 business days to draft the documents in accordance with your wishes and instructions. If you need your documents within 72 hours, ask us about our rush fee; based on availability we can assist with same day delivery for urgent matters.
  3. You will then receive your draft for review. You can take some time to reflect and ensure you are happy with your decisions or identify any further changes that must be made.
  4. During our second meeting we will discuss and sign the documents together, thus bringing your wishes into a legally enforceable effect. Once signed, you will take the original home with you and we retain a copy.
  5. In the circumstance of life changes or when your children grow up and changes must be made to your existing will, we will happily welcome you back and assist you with any and all necessary changes. As your lawyer, we are here for you for life through every chapter to ensure you are always protected and your personal freedoms and wishes are met.

Personal Directive Fees

Wills, Enduring Powers of Attorney, and Personal Directives

Full Package (Will, Enduring Power of Attorney & Personal Directive) $799 (Individual) or $899 (Couple)
Will $649 (Individual) or $749 (Couple)
Codicil $399 (Individual) or $449 (Couple)
Enduring Power of Attorney $349 (Individual) or $399 (Couple)
Personal Directive $349 (Individual) or $399 (Couple)
Special Power of Attorney $349
General Power of Attorney $349
Home/Hospital Visit $250/hr

Flat rate does not apply to complex situations, such as disagreements over the treatment of children from previous marriages, children out of wedlock without support, complex instructions regarding dependents with disabilities, complex estate or control over the distribution of the estate, and instructions to disinherit a family member. A rush fee will apply if you require your documents within 72 hours.

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Anna Dunaeva

Anna perpetually works to surpass her clients' expectations. Through continuous communication, Anna delivers on her commitment to keep clients at the centre of her practice.

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