Power of Attorney

Originally published at allaboutestates.ca on May 13, 2015 We are seeing more and more seniors who are outliving their family and friends whom they had named as their POA and are now alone. Fortunately, when the banks are named as POA for property, they are able to step in and  start acting when needed.  However […]

Originally published at allaboutestates.ca on March 3, 2014 Last weekend I was having coffee with a friend who is having surgery in the near future. She asked what I knew about Advanced Care Planning and asked me whether she thought her lawyer could assist. I did not hesitate to say that this is a very […]

As a professional care manager, I have the opportunity to attend medical specialists appointments with my clients.  Many POA’s for Personal Care are also attending these appointments. As part of our preparation, their medical history is reviewed and summarized including highlighting the relevant reports, X-rays test results as well as including details of current medications; […]

Originally posted at allaboutestates.ca on October 27, 2014: The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) has undertaken a project to examine and review Ontario’s laws related to legal capacity, decision –making and guardianship. Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of attending one of their focus groups. Spokespersons from various groups were there representing those with […]

Care Needs Trumps $$

by Audrey Miller on September 4, 2014

in Articles & Blogs by Audrey, Power of Attorney

Originally published at allaboutesstates.ca on September 4, 2014: Further to my last week’s blog, ‘Care @ Home’ I wrote that the POA for Property/Finance should support the care needs of the incapable individual and the decisions made by the POA for Personal Care. I received a note from a reader who provided the following legal […]

Originally published in allaboutestates.ca on June 17, 2014: Continuing from my previous blog, the subject of Power of Attorney for Personal Care continues to require our attention. Fellow blogger Paul Fensom reviewed in his April 23, 2014 blog the results of the Scotia Poll finding that only 33% of respondents had a POA for property. […]

Originally posted in allaboutestates.ca on June 9, 2014: My fellow blogger, Jasmine Sweatman addressed the important question of why people are reluctant to appoint powers of attorney. In her May 29, 2014 blog wrote: “Quite often clients believe that if equally ranked substitute decision makers disagree, then either the majority rules or the eldest is […]

Originally posted in allaboutestates.ca on October 22, 2013 I had the pleasure of attending an excellent presentation on The Other Side of the Coin: Personal Care and the Estate Lawyer. A number of esteemed lawyers presented on some of the challenges they experience and recent court decisions on power of attorney related matters. While it […]

Originally published in allaboutestates.ca on October 11, 2013: I had the pleasure of presenting at a recent Ontario Bar Association estates and trusts section session. The topic was ‘De-escalating the Family Feud’. Those of you who know me, know that one of my favorite expressions is ‘the only normal families are the families you don’t […]

Originally published in allaboutestates.ca May 8, 2013: Part of my role as a Geriatric Care Manager is to determine if individuals can safely remain in their own homes, living by themselves. As I have previously discussed, most of us want to remain in our own homes for us long as possible. Our assessments review the […]