Power of attorney for property, and a power of attorney for personal care, is necessary for people who become incapable of managing their own affairs. The purpose of these legal documents is for people to decide how, when, and by whom, decisions about their property and personal care will be made should they become incapacitated. The benefit of having these power of attorney documents prepared in advance is clear: you are allowed to choose someone you trust to make decisions on your behalf, and you avoid the high cost and unpredictability of a court making that choice for you.
We advise our clients to obtain the power of attorney for property and the power of attorney for personal care at the same time that they obtain a will. We also prepare limited powers of attorney for property while clients are absent from Canada.