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Power of Attorney

Power of Attorney & Enduring Power of Attorney A power of attorney is a legal document that allows a person (the donor) to give another individual (the attorney) the right to act on their behalf.  It is used to give the attorney the authority to make some or all of a person's financial decisions.  More than one person can be appointed a power of attorney, either jointing with another individual or successively.  Unless the power of attorney is revoked, it remains in effect unless the donor becomes mentally incapacitated, or until the donor's death.   A power of attorney can be amended to include a clause that will keep the document in effect even when the person is no longer mentally competent.  When this clause is added, the document is called an enduring power of attorney. An enduring power of attorney enables an individual to decide ahead of time who will manage their finances when they are no longer able to do so.  It can help protect a person's interests and ensure their wishes and intentions are carried out.  In situations where a person becomes mentally incapable and there is no enduring power of attorney, the court will put someone in charge of that person's affairs. A Winnipeg estate planning lawyer can provide reliable advice regarding powers of attorney and help you prepare a power of attorney or enduring power of attorney.

Winnipeg Estate Planning Lawyer

An enduring power of attorney is an important document in estate planning.  It will make sure that your desires as stated in your will and other estate-related documents are upheld.  An enduring power of attorney must be witnessed by a person in one of the following professions in Manitoba:
  • A notary public
  • A lawyer
  • A police officer
  • A member of the RCMP
  • A magistrate, judge or justice of the peace
  • A person qualified to perform marriages
Assiniboia Law Office can provide legal advice and assistance in the preparation of a power or attorney or enduring power of attorney.  We are a skilled estate planning firm that has helped clients with their estate needs for over two decades.