Powers of Attorney

Taking care of your needs when you can’t

What happens if you are temporarily or permanently incapable of making a decision for yourself about your financial affairs or personal care due to injury or illness? How do you make sure your wishes are carried out?

Good estate planning includes powers of attorney, which are legal documents that enable you to appoint someone to act on your behalf if you cannot make a decision yourself.

In Ontario there are three distinct kinds of powers of attorney.

A continuing power of attorney for property covers your financial affairs and allows the person you name to act for you if, for example, you become mentally incapable.

A non-continuing power of attorney for property cannot be used if you become mentally incapable. You might need this type of power of attorney if you want someone to look after your financial transactions while you’re away from home for an extended period of time.

Lastly, a power of attorney for personal care means that you give someone you trust the ability to make decisions of a personal nature that you are not capable of making, for example, decisions about medical treatment.

A power of attorney for personal care is a health care directive in which you state your wishes for end-of-life care. For example, it could indicate whether or not you want aggressive life-prolonging measures to be taken on your behalf. By having this in place, you gain control over your future health care and you reduce the burden on your loved ones when making these difficult decisions.

Contact Jennifer now by email, or call her at 613-237-0505, ext. 211 to discuss how a power of attorney can help ensure that you and your property are protected and that your wishes are carried out.