Posts Tagged "power of attorney"

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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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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How to Choose Your Power of Attorney

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

So you’re ready to write your advance health care directive for health (sometimes known as your “living will”) or to designate your power of attorney, but both these documents involve appointing an “agent” or “personal representative”. How do you choose?  Most people will think first of other family members; e.g., spouse, siblings, adult sons or daughters. For many families, choosing from among the relatives will make the most sense. But what if your relatives are not willing?  Or you are concerned that they might be not able to take on the...

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Help Aging Parents Relocate

Posted by on Sep 8, 2010 in Housing Options, Power of Attorney | 0 comments

Selling and leaving a family home of many years is among the most difficult decisions that face families when an aging parent must move. Often the move is the most tangible symbol of another loss – of health or mobility, or loss of a loved one. It’s hard to prepare for the emotional upheaval of moving an aging parent to a retirement residence or care facility. It’s also difficult to dispose of the family home and contents while grieving the loss of a parent. Senior moves and house clearings may involve family members, executors or persons exercising powers of attorney. The...

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