You do not need to hire a lawyer to draft an Advance Care Directive, but the document will require your signature along with that of a witness and the signatures of your Substitute Decision-Maker (s). We recommend you consult a lawyer to ensure your document is legally binding and that your wishes have been properly represented. The lawyer can also act as the independent witness to the document.
A lawyer can assess your capacity to enter into an Advance Care Directive and ensure it is properly witnessed. They can also certify copies of the ACD to be provided to the Substituted Decision Makers and any health care providers.