Powers of Attorney

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Powers of Attorney

In a Power of Attorney, the client appoints someone to make decisions for him/her in the event that he/she loses the mental capacity to make decisions on his/her own behalf, but is still alive. There are fundamentally two types of Powers of Attorney: Power of Attorney for Property and Power of Attorney for Personal Care.

A person appointed (called an ‘attorney’) under a Power of Attorney for Property has the authority to make financial decisions on behalf of the incapable person, including ensuring that the incapable person’s bills are paid, taxes are filed and paid, and deal with the incapable person’s real estate.

There are also more limited Powers of Attorney for Property which appoint an attorney to look after a person’s assets, potentially including business interests, for a limited time. This is appropriate certain circumstances, including situations in which the person is away on an extended trip and cannot look after his/her assets personally.

A person appointed under a Power of Attorney for Personal Care will have the authority to act on the incapable person’s behalf with respect to decisions regarding health care, housing, hygiene, safety, nutrition and grooming.

Powers of Attorney for Personal Care frequently include end-of-life wishes, commonly referred to as the ‘living will wishes’. These wishes are not legally binding in Canada at this time; however, they are intended to be morally binding, and to give the Attorney for Personal Care direction and support in making end-of-life decisions for the person.

Our Practising Lawyers
Mary Louise Dickson

Mary Louise’s practice is focused on will and trust planning, powers of attorney for property and personal care, estate administration, personal tax planning, family business planning, and the creation and maintenance of corporations and charities. Mary Louise is a former elected Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada and a former member of the Canadian Human Rights Commission. Mary Louise is the co-author of Ontario Estate Practice and The Wills Book. Mary Louise is a leader in the field of disability law and planning around disability issues.

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Mary Louise Dickson

Sylvia Schumacher

Sylvia’s practice is focused on estate and incapacity planning and estate administration for individuals, families, and business owners. She provides advice on will and trust planning and powers of attorney for property and for personal care, as well as advice to executors, trustees, and beneficiaries in estate administration matters.

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Sylvia Schumacher

Wenda Yenson

Wenda focuses her practice on estate and incapacity planning, estate administration and planning for family members who are disabled. She provides advice to individuals and institutions on a broad range of issues such as personal estate and tax planning, formation, variation and interpretation of personal and commercial trusts, incapacity planning, planned giving, planning for disabled family members, advising executors and trustees on their role and responsibilities, advising beneficiaries on their entitlements.

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Wenda Yenson

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