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Learn why you need a Power of Attorney (Living Will)

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Your life can change in an instant as a result of an accident or sudden illness that leaves you incapacitated. It may take a long time to recover – maybe months or even years. In that time, decisions need to be made about your healthcare. It may also be necessary to address changes in your financial circumstances.

Edmonton law office for set up of Power Of Attorney, also known as Living Will or Personal Directive, for personal care, healthcare, non-financial and property.

Who makes potentially life-altering decisions for you if a sudden illness or accident leaves you incapacitated for a prolonged period?

That’s why it is so important to designate who will make those decisions for you, known formally as a Living Will, Enduring Power of Attorney or Personal Directive. Choose your designate carefully as they may have to make some big decisions, including whether you want the efforts of healthcare providers to stop under certain circumstances.

Your designate can be an adult or a financial institution, but not a Public Trustee. Since a lot can change in just a few years, it’s important to review your Power of Attorney regularly. For example, your designate could no longer be appropriate because he or she moved to another country or became ill themselves.

If a designate refuses to act on your behalf, another person must approach the court and apply to become your Power of Attorney.

You have the option of cancelling a Power of Attorney at any time, provided all involved parties are notified of the cancellation. A new Power of Attorney should be set up immediately to protect your interests.

An experienced Wills and Estate lawyer can provide expert guidance on how to set up a Power of Attorney, which should be a key element of any Wills and Estates plan.

Legal Scenario

When to write a will

"I am married and my spouse and I have just had our first child. Should I get my Will done now or should I wait until I am 65?"

What Would Andrew Recommend?

We all hope to live a long and prosperous life, but this is not always the case. That’s why it is never too early to have a discussion with your lawyer about your estate and develop a Will. If you don’t already have a lawyer, you should try to find one as it is important to have the guidance and counsel of someone you trust. You can start your search online, but don’t make any decision until you have short listed a few lawyers and met them in person.

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