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A power of attorney is a legal document that gives someone you trust the right to make financial or health care decisions for you. This trusted person does not have to be a lawyer to be your attorney.

There are two types of powers of attorney:

  • personal care

  • property

An attorney for personal care can make decisions about your health care, housing and other aspects of your personal life such as meals and clothing. They are also responsible for communicating your medical wishes, such as pain relief and life support, to doctors and medical professionals. 

An attorney for property can make decisions about your financial affairs such as paying your bills, collecting money owed to you, maintaining or selling your house, managing your investments.

Without an attorney for property, your family, including your spouse, cannot automatically step in to make financial decisions for you. 

You should choose a person you trust to act as your attorney, such as:

  • a family member

  • spouse

  • long-time friend

  • A lawyer or trust company.

 Speak to a lawyer about your options if you do not have anyone you are comfortable appointing.

How to make a Power of Attorney?

To make a power of attorney you must be:

  • mentally capable

  • at least 18 years old to make a power of attorney for property

  • at least 16 years old to make a personal care power of attorney

You can make a power of attorney by visiting a lawyer or you can do it yourself. 

Reliance Notary Public is a proud partner with Willful that is trusted by 150,000+ Canadians to create a legal Power of Attorney for personal care or property online with pricing plans starting at $99. 

Please note, we do NOT draft Powers of Attorney.  We can only notarize your  Power of Attorney in person or remotely once it is created and provide a notarial certificate stating the circumstances in which your power of attorney was signed and witnessed.

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