Do your personal planning ahead of an incident. Your local Notary will assist you to make the decisions and complete the paperwork.

Review your plan and your documents every few years to ensure they are still appropriate—and encourage the people around you to do the same.

Here are two true stories that show why it is important to act now—and not wait until a crisis occurs.

A couple set out for their annual vacation to the United States by car. The husband had a headache in the days before they left but chalked it up to stress.

On the third day, when they were well into the States, he suffered a brain aneurism while driving. Fortunately, they did not crash. The husband was admitted to hospital where he underwent several surgeries and remained in a coma.

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