Brantford Powers of Attorney Lawyers

Experienced Law Firm Serving the Greater Toronto Area

Acting as a power of attorney is a serious responsibility. Our Brantford and Richmond Hill law firm of McIntosh & Pease is dedicated to advising our clients about choosing powers of attorney; we also consult and advise the individual who is appointed about the high standards he or she must meet when acting in that role.

Purpose and Role of Powers of Attorney

In Ontario, there are two kinds of powers of attorney. A power of attorney for property gives another individual the authority to make financial decisions on one's behalf. With a power of attorney for property, the appointed attorney has the authority to do anything the individual could do — for example, sell property or access the individual's bank account — except the attorney cannot make a will for the individual. The lawyers at McIntosh & Pease accept appointments to act as attorneys for property to manage a client's affairs if he or she should become unable to do so. A power of attorney for personal care gives another person the ability to make health and personal care decisions on an incapacitated person's behalf.

Toronto Guardianship Lawyers

In the case an individual does not appoint a power of attorney and he or she becomes incapacitated, the Public Guardian and Trustee, a government body, is appointed to make decisions on that person's behalf. Many people assume that the individual's spouse or children will automatically be appointed to make decisions; however, this is not necessarily the case.

Individuals who wish to act on their loved one's behalf can apply to be a Guardian of Property or a Guardian of the Person. The process of applying for guardianship is lengthy and complicated. At our firm, our counsel have represented several clients in guardianship applications, working to ensure the best care is available for their loved ones.

Contact Us

To schedule an appointment with our Brantford or Richmond Hill powers of attorney and estate planning lawyers, contact us online or call us at 519-752-7733 in Brantford, 416-907-4016 in Richmond Hill or toll free at 800-601-6801.