Here are some common questions that you may be thinking about:
Questions about Us:
Q#1: Who is Dynamic Legal Forms Ltd.?
A#1: Dynamic Legal Forms Ltd. is a federal corporation with a head office in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is owned and operated by Toronto lawyer Michael Carabash (Founder / President). Dynamic Legal Forms Ltd. is not a law firm. Rather, it offers customizable, lawyer-prepared, and affordable legal forms for everyday Canadians. If you require specific advice, you should consult a lawyer.
Q #2: How reputable is Dynamic Legal Forms Ltd.?
A #2: We started in 2008. We have been featured in over 50 media spaces – including CBC’s Dragon’s Den, CTV News’ Consumer Reports, the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, National Post, CFRB1010 Radio, CAD800 Radio, and much, much more (you can see all of our media attention here). Over 10,000 Canadians have bought our Will-O-Matic in 2012 and we have many testimonials from happy customers (and they keep on coming). We have also expanded the Will-O-Matic to include Australia (Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, the Northern Territory, Western Australia, and South Australia) and the UK (England, Wales and Northern Ireland). If you want to talk with our technical support (because you want to hear a human being), we are hear to help, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST (Toronto time), Monday to Friday.
Q#3: What about security?
A#3: When you’re filling out the Power of Attorney Wizard, you will be asked to enter personal information about yourself (so that you can generate a custom-tailored legal Power of Attorney). We take your security seriously. We use the most advanced security measures to help protect your information. This includes using an SSL Certificate (to encrypt data and allow for secure connections between your browser and our server) and monitoring our website for things like malware, cross-site scripting, SQL injections. We do not store your credit card information anywhere on our website. We also have daily backups of our website and database. Finally, we record all attempts to log into your account and will notify you by email if there are more than 3 unsuccessful attempts.
Questions about the Power of Attorney Wizard
Q #4: What is the Power of Attorney Wizard?
A #4: The Power of Attorney Wizard is the most advanced, comprehensive, and flexible online system to make a Power of Attorney for Property / Finances (in 7 provinces) or a Power of Attorney for Personal Care (for Ontario and New Brunswick), Personal Directive (for Alberta and Nova Scotia), Representation Agreement (for British Columbia), or Health Care Directive (for Manitoba and Saskatchewan). For certain provinces, you can even incorporate the terms of a “living will” or “advance directive” into your document. Each document based on provincial laws, prepared in conjunction with a Canadian lawyer, and constantly updated and improved. In a nutshell: the Power of Attorney Wizard is an online questionnaire (or wizard) that takes your inputs and generates a custom-tailored Power of Attorney in the form of a .pdf. Your custom-tailored Power of Attorney also includes FREE bonuses:
- FREE Signing Instructions at the end of the .pdf Power of Attorney (mandatory instructions and recommended steps)
- FREE edits for 90 days
- FREE eBook about your document based on the laws of your province
Also worth mentioning is that the Power of Attorney Wizard is affordable. While the average Canadian lawyer charged $178 in legal fees (see Canadian Lawyer Magazine annual survey on legal fees) to produce a Power of Attorney in 2012, our Power of Attorney Wizard costs only $57 plus tax.
When you add all these things up – our attention to detail, the high quality Power of Attorney you get that is custom-tailored to your needs, the education, the FREE bonuses, the affordability, our reputation – you know that you are using a superior service. And that’s what makes us the best when it comes to getting your Power of Attorney done in a cost-effective and convenient manner.
Q#5: Do I have to complete the Power of Attorney Wizard in one sitting?
A#5: No. You can always save your information, log out, and then come back to our website and sign in. Once you are signed in, you can simply click “continue” to go through and complete the Power of Attorney Wizard.
Q #6: Will it be hard for me to understand?
A #6: Our Power of Attorney Wizard system has been praised for its simplicity. We have loads of guidance on every page of the Power of Attorney Wizard. Once you go through the Power of Attorney Wizard and you have produced your Power of Attorney and read the eBook, if you want to make changes, you can for FREE (it’s free for the first 90 days). So relax!
Q#7: After I download my Power of Attorney, can I go back and edit?
A#7: You can edit an UNLIMITED number of times FOR FREE after you have completed your Power of Attorney for the first 90 days. After the first year, you will need to pay a nominal amount to continue editing and updating your Power of Attorney.
Q#8: Does the Power of Attorney Wizard come with the Will-O-Matic?
A #8: At this time, the Power of Attorney Wizard is a standalone product. It does not come with any other legal form. Those can be purchased separately on our website.
Q#9: Is a lawyer required to review, witness, sign or notarize my Power of Attorney?
A #9: Generally, there is no legal requirement for a lawyer to be involved in getting your Power of Attorney done. In some situations, you may be required to have a Lawyer act as a witness for certain documents involving certain matters (e.g. British Columbia > Power of Attorney for Property / Finances involving real estate > requires a Lawyer to be a witness). And we always recommend that you get a lawyer involved if there are issues with your mental capacity, if you have a complex Power of Attorney or property / financial affairs, if you need a lot of customization, or if you feel there might be infighting between your loved ones when you are mentally incapable. Notarizing a document means making a photocopy of an original, showing it to a Notary Public (lawyer or a Notary Public) and having them sign and seal the photocopy saying that it is a true copy. Having a notarized copy is just for record keeping.
Q #10: How do I finalize my Power of Attorney?
A #10: You can only have one (1) original Power of Attorney. You must initial every page of your Power of Attorney and then sign the last page (using your ordinary signature) in front of appropriate witnesses when so required (who is an appropriate witness depends on your province and is explained in the Power of Attorney Wizard and at the end of the signing instructions). Witnesses must be adults (i.e. the age of majority) in your Province. After you have initialed every page of your Power of Attorney and signed the last page, each witness must initial every page of your Power of Attorney and sign the last page in front of you and the other witness. The witnesses do not need to know what is written in your Power of Attorney.
Q #11: Are there any additional costs associated with the Power of Attorney Wizard?
A #11: There is typically no additional cost which you must incur to complete your Power of Attorney with our package. That said, if you are required to obtain a lawyer or notary public’s signature as a witness (again, this depends on your province), then there may be a nominal fee they will charge for this service.
Q #11: Is the Power of Attorney that is produced by the Power of Attorney Wizard legal?
A #11: A Power of Attorney, regardless of who prepares it (even a lawyer), can still be challenged in court. Nobody – not even a lawyer – can guarantee that it will not be challenged. All that anyone can try to do is understand HOW Powers of Attorney can be challenged and then try to prevent those challenges from arising.
So, for a Power of Attorney to be valid in any province, there are some basic rules that must be followed. These rules are outlined in provincial Powers of Attorney legislation (this is discussed in greater detail in the eBook that comes with the Power of Attorney). These things include (but aren’t limited to): the making the Power of Attorney must be over the age of majority with full mental capability, the Power of Attorney must be written, the Power of Attorney must be signed by the person making it in front of appropriate witnesses (who acknowledge all of this and sign as well), etc.
So assuming these basic formalities are followed, then there is a better likelihood that a Power of Attorney – wherever it is obtained or however it is created – will be valid and enforceable.
With respect to our Powers of Attorney, we provide free signing instructions at the end (that repeat the above information) and also provide an eBook (as previously mentioned) so that you can better understand the basic legalities of a Power of Attorney.
Q #12: What happens to my Power of Attorney after I sign it and have it witnessed?
A #12: It is recommended to keep your original Power of Attorney in a safe place (e.g. a fireproof box or a safety deposit box at a bank). Make sure that the person you’ve selected as your “attorney” (though not necessarily your lawyer) has access to your Power of Attorney. Tell your family that you have made a Power of Attorney and where it is located.
Q #13: How do I update my Power of Attorney?
A #13: You should re-write your Power of Attorney whenever you update your Will – typically when your marital status changes (e.g. single, getting married, married, divorced, etc.), there are important changes in your financial position (e.g. you bought a new house), or there are significant changes involving your beneficiaries (e.g. births, marriages, name changes, separations, deaths, etc.).
Q #14: Can I use the Power of Attorney Wizard to prepare a Power of Attorney for someone else?
A #14: A Power of Attorney is a personal document and you should not be using the Power of Attorney Wizard to prepare a Power of Attorney for someone else. Doing so could invalidate the Power of Attorney (e.g. you pressured the person into making a selection that they would not have otherwise made) and make you liable for helping them prepare a Power of Attorney when you are not qualified to do so (i.e. you are not a lawyer and do not carry errors and omissions insurance).
Q#15: Help! My voucher code is not working!
A#15: There may be a few reasons why your voucher code is not working:
- The deal has not finished (we won’t receive the list of voucher codes until 24 hours AFTER the deal expires)
- The voucher code was not entered properly (double check you’re entering it exactly as it is shown)
Q #16: Help! My Power of Attorney won’t print!
A #16: This may be caused by one or more of the following issues:
- You need to register an account with us, go through the Power of Attorney Wizard, enter a voucher code or proceed to paypal and then click on the link that says “Click here to download your legal form”.
- You need a .pdf reader on your computer, such as adobe reader or adobe acrobat. You can get those programs here.
- You need to select the right printer in your print settings.
- You need ink and paper in your printer.
Q#17: How do I edit my Power of Attorney?
A #17: Just sign in to your account and, under “My Legal Forms” and “Power of Attorney” look for the “Edit” button.