Certified Copies of Legal Papers

Sorry, this is too long a process to go into here and I don't have all the written details either so I will give you the following information which should see you well on your way.

They want to know if the previous year's income tax was filed and if the previous year's notice of assessment is available. YOU MUST HAVE BOTH if you are applying for the rate reduction. If for some reason the applicant can't find their notice of assessment from the tax dept. they can call up the Income Tax dept. and request another one sent. The person must phone themself. You can't phone for them. This falls under the 'Privacy of Information' act.

This can take up to a few weeks. Take into consideration it's a gov't office. If the applicant can't phone themself and you are the Power of Attorney you can take YOUR ORIGINAL Power of Attorney papers to the Income Tax Office closest to you and they will make a copy and put them on record. Remember... and I can't stress this enough, you have to take the ORIGINAL of your Power of Attorney papers (any agency or gov't office or bank, etc. will only accept seeing the ORIGINAL papers) to their office and go from there.

If all else fails you can have a 'certified copy' made. This is a long detailed process and a job for the person certifying the copies. If you must, I suggest you call:

1-800-277-9914 (This is the Old Age Pension Office) and ask for the information on how to have a 'certified copy' of a Power of Attorney done. (The same applies to any legal papers that need to be a certified copy.) Have a large paper and a pen ready. It's very detailed. Amongst other things each and every page of the Power of Attorney (or other legal paper) certified copied must include:

You can also check out my Power of Attorney" page. It has some good links on it that may provide you with more information about getting a 'certified copy'.


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