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Powers of Attorney
A Power of Attorney (POA) is a legal document that gives someone else the right and authority to make decisions on your behalf when you are no longer capable to do so. There are two area of responsibility: Personal Care and Property. You may appoint the same person over both areas or designate different people to be responsible.
A Power of Attorney for Personal Care (POAPC) gives the right to another person(s) to act on your behalf in matter of health and care. Unless you indicate differently, your attorney will be able to make almost any decision concerning you personal care that you would normally make yourself. These decisions could involve medical treatment, housing, clothing, food, hygiene and safety. It is important to appoint an attorney that will act in your best interest.
It is advised that you write medical directives, also known as a “living will” and include them as part of your POAPC. Note that they are separate documents but can be combined so that your attorney will have your wishes as part of their document.
For more information on Powers of Attorney please see our POA FAQ page.
A Continuing Power of Attorney for Property (CPOAP) is a document which gives the right to an individual(s) to make decisions on your behalf concerning financial matters.
The term “Property” can mean any material or financial possession: mutual funds, bank accounts, a boat, real estate, life insurance policies etc.
You can give full rights or restrict rights based on your needs. For example you may authorize a person to look after a specific portion of your property such as investments and another person to make decisions on your home and cottage.