WHAT IS A POWER OF ATTORNEY?

A Power of Attorney gives another individual legal authority to act on your behalf. In Ontario Power of Attorney can be given for property and or personal care.

The process of giving Power of Attorney to another is through a legal document simply referred to as Power of Attorney.

Despite, reference to “Attorney” an individual does not have to be a lawyer/attorney to act as a power of attorney.

WHAT IS A POWER OF ATTORNEY FOR PROPERTY?

A Power of Attorney for property has the ability to manage and or make decisions regarding one’s property. This can include disposing of property. It is extremely important to select a power of attorney whom you trust and has your best interests.

WHAT IS A POWER OF ATTORNEY FOR PERSONAL CARE?

This type of Power of Attorney for personal care is relevant in the event an individual becomes mentally incapable of making decisions about their personal care. This can include decisions about medical treatment.

Health care practitioners when dealing with a mentally incapable person will require a power of attorney for personal care. The individual who becomes the “attorney” is referred to as the substitute decision maker.  It is very important to select a power of attorney for personal care that is someone you trust and will have your best interests. Also, someone that will respect your desires.

HOW DO I GET A POWER OF ATTORNEY?

There are two types of Power of Attorney options. One is where you can complete the following document available on the Ministries website entitled Powers of Attorney Kit.

The other area where it comes up is when planning you last will and testament. In this situation, when drafting your Will it is important to include clauses that deal with powers of attorney for your property and your personal care.

HOW DO I FIND A WILLS LAWYER?

Contact my office, I am located in Burlington and I serve Halton, Oakville, Milton and Hamilton. I can assist with planning and preparing your Will.

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