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Powers of Attorney & Living Wills

Power of Attorney for Personal Property

A Power of Attorney for Property is a written document that allows someone to make decisions about your finances and property on your behalf should you be incapable of making these decisions yourself. The document may take effect immediately upon signing, or at a later specified date, such as if you become mentally incompetent. This document is only effective while you are still alive. Although the document contains the word “attorney”, it does not mean that they have to be your lawyer. Usually, your attorney is your spouse, family member, or a close friend.

Many people presume that if they are unable to make decisions about their property or financial matters, that their family automatically has that right. This is not the case. If you become unable to make decisions and you do not have a Power of Attorney for Property, then someone must apply to the court for permission to be your guardian or representative. This is an expensive and time-consuming process that can be avoided for a small fee by having your lawyer draft a Power of Attorney.

To avoid errors that could cost you and your family, a Primary and Secondary Will should be drafted by a lawyer.

Power of Attorney for Personal Care

A Power of Attorney for Personal Care is a written document that allows someone to make decisions about your personal care on your behalf should you be incapable of making these decisions yourself. Personal care includes your health care, medical treatment, long-term care, housing, diet, clothing, hygiene, and safety. You may also appoint multiple people to act jointly as your attorneys, and to have substitute attorneys if your primary attorney is unable to act.

A Power of Attorney for Personal Care gives you control and peace of mind. It ensures that your health will be in the hands of someone that you have chosen personally.

Living Will

A Living Will (known as an Advance Directive in Ontario) is a document that expresses your wishes for future care should you be in a position where there is little hope of your recovery. It does not name a specific person to follow your directions, like a Power of Attorney for Personal Care.  Rather, it expresses:

  • Whether or not you want to be kept alive by medical machines and certain medical treatment;
  • What type of treatment you are willing and not willing to undergo; and
  • At what point you would like medical treatments to be discontinued

A Living Will can be a standalone document, but often forms part of a Power of Attorney for Personal Care.

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