Making a Personal Directive – When does it get reviewed?

When does it get reviewed?

Top 5 Questions about Updating a Personal Directive

How often should I review my Personal Directive?

You should review your Personal Directive every few years, and upon important occurrences such as divorce, remarriage, or death of anyone close to you. Remember that life circumstances can change quickly.

I just got married, does that void my Personal Directive?

No. A Personal Directive is not invalidated by a marriage. At such times, it is important to review your Personal Directive to ensure that it still meets all of your needs. In cases of re-marriage and blended families, you may wish to be especially attentive to family relationships and family dynamics.

I just got separated/divorced, does that void my Personal Directive?

No. A Personal Directive is not invalidated by a separation or a divorce. At such times, it is very important to review your Personal Directive to ensure that it still meets all of your needs.

What is the effect of the start or end of an adult interdependent relationship on my Personal Directive?

The start or end of an adult interdependent relationship does not invalidate a Personal Directive. At such times, it is very important to review your Personal Directive to ensure that it still meets all of your needs.

If, after I review my Personal Directive, I decide to make a new one, does it automatically cancel the old one?

Not necessarily. More that one Personal Directive can be in effect at the same time. Naturally, if more than one Personal Directive provides the same powers to different people, this can cause great confusion.

To be certain that you have only one Personal Directive in effect, ensure that each new Personal Directive includes a phrase indicating that you revoke all Personal Directives previously made.

You should review your Personal Directive every few years, and upon important occurrences such as divorce, remarriage, or death of anyone close to you.

You should NOT rely on this webpage for legal advice. It provides general information on Alberta law only. April 2014.
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