Only if you want to. You can choose to consult a notary who will record your wishes in a notarial deed, which presents the same content as the Advance Medical Directives form prescribed by the Ministry. At your request, the notary will send the notarial act to the RAMQ to have it filed in the Register for advance medical directives.

You can also send the form to your physician or a healthcare professional so that they can place it in your medical file. If applicable, tell your relatives where you filed your notarial deed.

The notary can check with you that no conflict exists between the wishes you expressed elsewhere and your advance medical directives. The notary can also answer your questions regarding legal matters.

The only important point is that you send the form to the government yourself so that your directives will be entered in the Register.