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Is having a Continuing Power of Attorney For Property worth the risk?

A Continuing Power of Attorney for Property (CPAP) allows the person you name as your attorney for property to do anything with your money and property that you could yourself, except make a will. It’s a powerful document and can be misused. This LEARN LAW column looks at ways to reduce the chances of someone taking advantage of you.

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2016

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Power of Attorney for Personal Care – CLEO

This pamphlet explains what a Power of Attorney for Personal Care is, reasons to make one, and what can happen if you do not. Topics include how to make a Power of Attorney for Personal Care, when an attorney can make decisions, the types of decisions they can make, and where to get forms, legal information, and help.

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2016

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Powers of Attorney: Questions and Answers

This booklet from the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee has three sections: General information about powers of attorney, continuing power of attorney for property, and power of attorney for personal care.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2016

Banks and Powers of Attorney

People with limited or modest incomes often complete Property Powers of Attorney (POAs) at banks, rather than getting legal advice from lawyers or legal workers. Bank workers may tell people they MUST complete a POA on a bank form, even if they already have a Property POA document prepared by a lawyer.

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2015

Inheriting Property

This is information for people who are inheriting, or think they are entitled to inherit, the property of someone who died. It covers how an estate is distributed with a will, and without a will, proving you are an heir to an estate, finding a will or certificate of estate trustee, and applying for death benefits. 

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2015

Justice in Both Languages

This Ministry of the Attorney General resource describes rights French-speaking people have in the Ontario justice system, including the right to a trial in the accused’s official language of choice for criminal cases, the right to a bilingual court proceeding for family, non-jury civil and Provincial Offences Act cases, and more.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2015

Preparing a will

A will lets you make decisions that will be carried out after your death. If you die without a will, the laws of your province or territory will determine what happens to your assets. This resource lists what you should keep in mind when preparing or updating your will.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2015

Estates Administration: The Role of the Public Guardian and Trustee

This brochure explains in what circumstances the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee (OPGT) administers an estate, how estates are referred to the OPGT, how the OPGT administers an estate, who is entitled to the money, and how to get further information.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2014

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Frequently Asked Questions: On-reserve matrimonial real property

Topics covered in this section of the Centre of Excellence for Matrimonial Real Property website include:

  • Introduction
  • Estates
  • Consultations
  • First Nations Matrimonial Real Property Laws
  • Provisional Federal Rules
  • Transition Period and Coming into Force
  • Implementation

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2014

Power of Attorney for Personal Care

A Power of Attorney is a legal tool that can give you some degree of control over how you will be taken care of when you cannot make decisions for yourself because of aging, disability, illness, or disease. This resource looks at what a Power of Attorney for Personal Care is, how it works, when it starts, how to get one, and more.

Available in:

English

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2014