What is a Power of Attorney?

Question: 
What is a Power of Attorney?
Answer: 

A Power of Attorney is a legal document in which you give another person the power to make certain decisions for you or take certain actions for you.

In Ontario, there are two main kinds. One is the Power of Attorney for Personal Care. This lets another person make decisions for you about things like health care, personal care, medical treatments, and moving in or out of a long-term care home, if you become mentally incapable of making the decision yourself.

The other main kind is a Power of Attorney for Property, which gives another person the power to deal with your property and money for you, for example, to buy or sell things for you or to pay bills. If the person has this power only while you are mentally capable of making these decisions, it is called a General Power of Attorney. If they have it even if you become incapable, it is called a Continuing Power of Attorney for Property.

Resource notes: 

Information on Power of Attorney for Property can be found in CLEO's Continuing Power of Attorney for Property. Information on Power of Attorney for Personal Care can be found in CLEO's Power of Attorney for Personal Care.


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