Powers of Attorney

Information on financial powers of attorney and advanced health care directives.

Caring for Aging Parents: Are You Prepared?

Posted by on Apr 9, 2013 in Health Emergencies, Planning, Powers of Attorney | 0 comments

Originally published on June 24, 2011 at www.brighterlife.ca   When Iola Pryma was told she needed to have a lung biopsy to investigate the tumours a CT scan revealed, one of the first things she did was make her daughter, Kandis Pryma, her power of attorney for her finances. A 71-year-old widow, Pryma knew that in the event of a long recovery — or worse — she would feel much better checking into the hospital knowing that her finances were in order. This family was lucky. In their case, the parent was able to make this decision on her own and to guide her daughter through her financial...

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The Vulture Generation

Posted by on Mar 1, 2012 in Power of Attorney, Powers of Attorney | 0 comments

Originally published December 2010, Reader’s Digest magazine.  Copyright (c) 2010 by Reader’s Magazines Canada Limited. Further reproduction or distribution strictly prohibited. Reprinted with permission. The elderly and infirm routinely delegate control of their finances to family members but more and more Canadians are abusing that power. Can our aging population trust its own children? BY RISHA GOTLIEB On June 24, 2007, Tony Budkowski got an unexpected call from his mother’s nursing home in Oshawa. The home’s regular contact was Tony’s sister, Heather, but according to the...

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Living Will: Every Adult Needs One!

Posted by on Feb 24, 2011 in Powers of Attorney | 0 comments

Accidents and other types of life-threatening illnesses can occur at any age. Being prepared is vital to getting the care that you need and want…but there is one vital preparation that many of us overlook. In case of a serious, life-threatening event – whether injury or illness – a written Advance Health Directive or Personal Care Directive , sometimes known as a “living will”, outlines your wishes about medical treatment in the event that you cannot express them. It includes your instructions and identifies who will speak on your behalf. Anyone over the age of 18 can and should complete a...

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A Surprise Call From The Hospital

Posted by on Feb 23, 2011 in Health Care Team and System, Health Emergencies, Powers of Attorney | 0 comments

John’s aging parent,  Mary, 90, lives in another province. One day, he gets the call he has long dreaded: his mother has fallen, broken her wrist, and has been taken by ambulance to the hospital.  She has had surgery and her arm is in a cast. Is she ready to go home? Not so fast.  John is told that his mother is showing signs of mild cognitive impairment and that the discharge planner wants an assessment. John must call the doctor for more information. John manages to talk to the doctor later that day. He learns that Mary is doing very well physically, but the doctor is concerned about the...

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Every Adult Needs These Two Legal Documents

Posted by on Sep 8, 2010 in Planning, Power of Attorney, Powers of Attorney | 0 comments

This is a true story of a family that did not have legal documents and a plan in place before a sudden health crisis:     Delia (not her real name), a 90-year old widow, has lived alone in her home for many years. Friends and family admire her independence.  A private person, Delia proudly manages her own affairs. She believes she will continue on this way until “something happens to me”.  Her children have asked her to talk to her lawyer about Power of Attorney and an Advance Health Care Directive but she dismisses their advice. Then, Delia suffers a serious stroke and is admitted to...

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Definitions for POA and Health Care Directives

Posted by on Sep 8, 2010 in Planning, Power of Attorney, Powers of Attorney | 0 comments

There are two types of “power of attorney”: one for finances and one for decisions about health and personal care. Both documents are drawn up by a person with “capacity”, i.e. the ability to make reasoned decisions, who wants to decide on his or her wishes for future medical care and treatment and personal care – in the event they are not able to give informed consent. This document is also known as a living will or health care directive may, and may contain or include: Appointment of a “proxy” who will assume responsibility for ensuring the...

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