If you don't know about Power of Attorney, now is the time to learn and act on it if needed.
Everyone (healthy or not, young or old) should have a Power of Attorney in case you are not able to speak for yourself for whatever reason. If you have Power of Attorney for someone and the legal papers were done previous to March 29th, 1996 those forms are considered null and void by some places although if they were completed and witnessed properly they are still valid. The new Power of Attorney papers have separate forms for personal care (medical) and property (& finances) and these must be used instead.
For the sake of arguement, if you are using the old form that has both personal & property on the same form, then get it updated now.
FREE POWER OF ATTORNEY kits can easily be found at:
Powers of Attorney and Living Wills Facts - There is a very detailed page about the Power of Attorney Kit here and all the who's, what's and where's and a great Question/Answer section as well.The office of the Public Guardian and Trustee in Toronto is at:
Please NOTE.. You do not have to pay for these kits. Although you see them around the city in stores for anywhere from $10.00 to $35.00 they are available from the Attorney General or the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee.
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