Living Will and the Last Will and Testament – Do You Know the Difference?

Many people are familiar with a Last Will and Testament and Powers of Attorney but a common area of confusion is understanding the differences between a Will and a Living Will. Put simply, a Last Will and Testament is a document which states how you intend to deal with your assets and property and outlines your […]

D.N.R. Tattoo – to Resuscitate or Not to Resuscitate?

When an unconscious patient was admitted to the hospital with a “Do Not Resuscitate” tattoo on his chest, doctors knew they were facing an unusual dilemma. To Resuscitate or Not to Resuscitate. In 2012, the Journal of General Internal Medicine outlined the “Cautionary Tale” of a 59-year-old patient who had a “D.N.R.” tattoo across his […]

Islamic Wills in Ontario

“It is the duty of a Muslim who has anything to bequeath not to let two nights pass without writing a Will about it.” (Sahih al-Bukhari) A Will is a document which says what you want done with your wealth (property, possessions, belongings) after you die. In Ontario, anyone over 18 years old can prepare […]

How will the “right to die” impact the Power of Attorney?

The recent Supreme Court of Canada decision on the ‘right to die’ issue, known as “Carter v. Canada”, found the provisions of the Criminal code dealing with assisted suicide to be invalid, as being contrary to the Canadian Charter of Rights. Although the Court struck out that Criminal code section, the Court did not impose […]

Preparing a Power of Attorney for Personal Care

In preparing a power of attorney for personal care, we will discuss with our clients the preparation of specific instructions to be attached to the power of attorney, detailing the nature of the care the donor wishes under certain circumstances. This document is often loosely referred to as a “living will.” There is standard wording, […]