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June 3, 2013

New publications promote planning ahead

From left to right, Emily Bell, Project Coordinator, PLEIS-NB and Hermance LeBlanc, Past-President, NBSCF. Photo taken May 8, 2013.

It is never too soon to make plans for your personal and financial well-being over the years. 

Two new booklets encourage people to consider their options and make plans while they are capable of doing so.  The first booklet, When You Can’t Manage Your Affairs…Who Will?, offers information and tips on both the informal and formal options that you might wish to consider when planning ahead. For example, some of the plans for future well-being might rely on the support of family, friends and community agencies.  Others might involve consulting with professionals who can help you plan on how best to invest your money, pre-plan your funeral, or take legal actions such as creating a will and power of attorney.  The booklet emphasizes the importance of making many of these plans while you are mentally competent to do so. 

A companion booklet, Mental Competence, explains some of the legal consequences when an adult becomes mentally incompetent. Unfortunately, disease or injury can affect the mind making it hard for a person of any age to make sound decisions.  Sometimes it may be impossible for the person to look after themselves or their affairs.  If you have not planned ahead and you lose your ability to make decisions, your loved ones or others, may have to apply to the court to get the legal authority to become your legal guardian and make decisions on your behalf.

When You Can’t Manage Your Affairs and Mental Competence are produced by the Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick (PLEIS-NB) with input from seniors’ organizations, the Public Trustee, and members of the Law Society of New Brunswick.  

 “The bottom line is that everyone should think about what might happen if they lose their ability to make decisions and control their lives,” said PLEIS-NB executive director, Deborah Doherty. “Planning ahead can give you and your loved ones peace of mind should you ever be in a position where you are unable to manage your own affairs.” 

These booklets are being distributed to libraries, seniors groups, nursing homes, and other organizations around the province.  They are also available on PLEIS-NB’s website at

PLEIS-NB is non-profit organization that seeks to educate and inform the public about the law. It receives funding and in-kind support from Justice Canada, the New Brunswick Law Foundation and the New Brunswick Office of the Attorney General. For more information or to order copies of the booklets, contact PLEIS-NB at P.O. Box 6000, Fredericton, NB, E3B 5H1. Or you can email, call 506-453-5369 or fax 506-462-5193.