Powers of Attorney: Legal Requirements

Powers of Attorney in Ontario: Legal Requirements

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Requirements to have a Valid POA

To have a valid Power of Attorney under the Ontario Substitutes Decision Act:

  1. The document itself must state that it is a continuing power of attorney or otherwise express the intention that the authority given may be exercised during the grantor’s incapacity to manage property.
  2. The document must authorize a person to be an attorney.
  3. The grantor (i.e. the person giving the power of attorney) must have capacity to give the continuing power of attorney (i.e. through knowledge, awareness, appreciation, etc.).
  4. A person with capacity is capable of revoking a continuing power of attorney.
  5. The document must be signed by two witnesses who are (among other things) not the grantor or attorney’s spouse or partner, a person less than 18 years old, or a child of the grantor (or someone who the grantor has demonstrated a settled intention to treat as his or her child).

The Power of Attorney need not be in a set form or template: s. 7(7.1) of the Ontario Substitutes Decision Act.

A word or two on the requirement that the grantor must have sufficient capacity to grant the power of attorney. The grantor must be over the age of 18 and must be mentally capable as demonstrated by things like:

  • knowing what kind of property he or she has and it’s approximate value;
  • is aware of the obligations owed to his or her dependents;
  • knows that the attorney must account for his or her dealings with te person’s property;
  • knowing what authority is being granted to the attorney;
  • appreciates that the attorney’s mismanagement could result in a decline of the value of property; and
  • understanding the consequences of an attorney misusing their authority.

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  • Ontario
  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
  • Saskatchewan
  • Manitoba
  • New Brunswick
  • Nova Scotia

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