Robin L. Fainsinger MB ChB LMCC CCFP


Choosing a Health Care Agent

Discusses role of health care agent if you can’t make healthcare decisions for yourself. Covers medical power of attorney and living will. Includes link to checklist for writing an advance directive.

Writing an Advance Directive

Discusses basic types of advance directives. Covers living will and medical power of attorney to appoint a health care agent. Explains when and why advance directive is needed. Lists steps in preparing one.

Living Will

A living will, also called a treatment directive, is a type of advance directive that documents personal wishes about end-of-life medical treatment in case decision-making or communication abilities are lost. A living will specifies the conditions under which certain kinds of treatment or life-support measures would or…

Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care

A durable power of attorney for health care is a legal document in which one person grants another person the authority to make medical decisions if he or she becomes unable to do so. The person chosen as the health care agent (or health care proxy or surrogate) should understand and respect the person’s wishes about…

Advance Directive

An advance directive is a legal form you fill out to say what kinds of medical care you want if you aren’t able to make decisions for yourself. It tells your family and your doctor what to do if you’re badly hurt or have a serious illness that keeps you from saying what you want. There are two main types of advance…