Susan L. Sinnott Law Office is able to assist you with planning for your incapacity or the incapacity of loved ones. The laws in this area have undergone significant changes in recent years, and more changes are expected. We understand the complexities of these new laws, and ensure that our clients have the most up to date information and the best planning documents possible. Whether you are concerned about who will make decisions for you in legal, financial or health related matters, the lawyers at Susan L. Sinnott will prepare the right documents for you.
Under BC law, you can plan in advance and appoint another person or persons to act on your behalf should you lose the mental capacity to make decisions for yourself. Personal decisions are dealt with under a Personal Directive and business and financial matters are dealt with under an Enduring Power of Attorney. Both are essential documents in a comprehensive estate plan.
Personal Directives allow someone you choose to make personal and health care decisions for you if you have lost the capacity to do so yourself. A Personal Directive authorizes your agent to act on your behalf and you can give them specific instructions about your health care wishes should you become incapacitated in the future. Having a Personal Directive in place helps to relieve some of the stress placed on your loved ones when making potentially life-altering decisions on your behalf.
Enduring Powers of Attorney
A Power of Attorney is a legal document where you authorize someone else to act on your behalf with respect to your financial affairs. This authority can specifically include or exclude certain areas of interest, such as personal property, real estate, banking, insurance etc. People typically use Powers of Attorney to designate someone they trust to handle their financial affairs while they are out of the country or to manage their affairs if they get sick.
The lawyers at Susan L. Sinnott Law Office are now pleased to offer the services of acting as an attorney under a power of attorney agreement.