Ontario Lawyers For Powers Of Attorney Appointments

Prudent estate planning involves choosing the right people to make decisions on your behalf. A power of attorney is usually a trusted individual whom you empower with the legal authority to conduct financial transactions on your behalf and to make decisions about your health, safety and personal care. The lawyers at the Ottawa firm of Burke-Robertson LLP advise clients on the choice of a power of attorney and execute the appropriate documentation to finalize the appointment.

The Different Kinds Of Powers Of Attorney

In Ontario, there are two different kinds of powers of attorney. It is not necessary that the same individual or individuals be named for both.

  • A power of attorney for property empowers an individual or individuals to make financial decisions in the event of your incapacitation or, depending on the terms of the power of attorney, while you are mentally capable. Our lawyers can discuss the option of appointing a power of attorney for property to manage your finances — and the effects of such an appointment — with you and recommend a course of action.
  • A power of attorney for personal care empowers an individual to make decisions about your health care, residence and medical treatment when you cannot make those decisions for yourself. This is sometimes referred to as a "living will."

If you choose not to appoint a power of attorney and you become incapacitated, the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee has the authority to make decisions for you. The benefit of a power of attorney is the ability to choose an individual, or individuals, whom you trust to control your affairs.

Legal Advice On Continuing And Non-Continuing Powers Of Attorney For Property And Personal Care

To discuss appointing a power of attorney, contact our Ontario estate planning lawyers at Burke-Robertson LLP at 613-706-0020 in Ottawa or toll free at 1-800-419-5581. The office can also be reached online.