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MyPowerOfAttorney

MyPowerOfAttorney™ -
Create a Power Of Attorney (Canada)

Specify who should control your Legal, Financial and Business affairs when you are no longer able to do so yourself

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Why do you need a Power of Attorney?  What if you were in a coma, or otherwise incapacitated such that you were unable to communicate?  Or struck with a disease or other tragedy which affected your mind?  Who should control your finances, or your assets?  The MyPowerOfAttorney™ service here at LegalWills.ca ensures that your wishes in these and other unexpected circumstances are heard, understood, and carried out to your specifications.

We have removed the obstacles to writing a Power of Attorney.  It is convenient, low cost, and simple.  The MyPowerOfAttorney™ service steps you through a series of questions in a "wizard" format.  It will ask you about your wishes regarding who should act on your behalf for legal, financial or business matters.  All questions are written in plain language, so you don't have to be a legal expert to create your own Power of Attorney.  You simply answer the questions about your wishes and we automatically and instantly format a document that forms the basis of a legal Power of Attorney, custom-made for your local jurisdiction.  If you live in Canada, this document can then be printed and signed in front of witnesses to become a legally binding document.  There is also plenty of supplementary information to help answer all of your questions.

There are actually a few different types of Power of Attorney:

A "General Power of Attorney" is the authorization for another person to act on your behalf for legal, financial or business matters.  You may do this, for example, if you have emigrated and have ongoing legal or business matters to attend to.  In this case, it may be convenient to have an authorized person sign documents on your behalf.

A "Durable Power of Attorney" has the same authorization, but the powers continue to be effective even if you become mentally incapacitated or incompetent for any reason.  Of course, you must be competent before the Durable Power of Attorney is set up.  You can also set up a Durable Power of Attorney to only come into effect if or when you become mentally incompetent.

You can also create a "Power of Attorney for Health Care" or "Advance Health Care Directive".  This gives the authority to a loved one to make health care decisions on your behalf.  For example, if you are critically ill a Power of Attorney for Health Care could dictate whether or not you should receive life-sustaining treatment or medication.  This is special type of document which can be created using the MyLivingWill™ service here at LegalWills.ca.

At LegalWills.ca you can create each of the above types of Power of Attorney.

Make unlimited updates free of charge.  Don't pay a lawyer every time you need to update your Power of Attorney.  We allow your Power of Attorney to be kept securely online at LegalWills.ca so that you can make unlimited updates for as long as you are a member here.  Not only will you always have a legal Power of Attorney, but it will always be kept up to date.

You can still have it reviewed by a lawyer.  If you wish, we can arrange for your Power of Attorney to be reviewed by a lawyer, who will check the document for consistency and completeness.

 

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MyPowerOfAttorney™ - Frequently Asked Questions

How much does this service cost?

The MyPowerOfAttorney™ service steps you through a simple question and answer wizard, formats your answers into a readable format, and allows you to make unlimited updates while allowing you to store your information securely online.  You can then designate your own personal "Keyholders® ", who with their unique ID can unlock your Power of Attorney at the appropriate time.

The complete pricing structure is available on our Prices page.

Is this a legal document?

According to current laws in most jurisdictions, in order to be a legal document your Power of Attorney must be signed in the presence of two witnesses, and in most cases in front of a Notary Public.  A Notary Public has the legal standing to administer oaths and officiate over the signing process.  In other words, they are an independent person who will determine that all parties signed of their own free will, and that they are all who they say they are.

However, "electronic signature" laws are moving rapidly and we are closely monitoring these laws to support the future electronic notarization of documents, or even the electronic signature of your Power of Attorney.  It is only a matter of time before this becomes standard practice in preparing legal documents.  According to today's laws you will need to print the Power of Attorney you create with the MyPowerOfAttorney™ service and have it signed according to the laws in your area.  More details about this process are available on the help pages within the wizard. 

Although the unsigned version of your Power of Attorney stored online at LegalWills.ca is not a legal document, if you wish you can allow one or more of your designated Keyholders® to have access to the Power of Attorney that you have created here at LegalWills.ca.  This could be important if your legally signed copy cannot be located.  In this situation, your LegalWills.ca Power of Attorney can still provide some guidance to a loving family, as they can understand how you would want your legal, financial and/or business matters to be handled.

How long can I continue to make updates?

You can choose to have a 1-year, 10-year, 25-year or Life membership at LegalWills.ca, during which time you can make as many updates or amendments to your Power of Attorney as you wish at no extra charge.  Details of the membership packages available can be found on our Prices page.

How long will it take to draw up my Power of Attorney?

The question and answer wizard can be completed in less than ten minutes.  The wizard has a wealth of helpful information that you will likely find educational and useful.  You should take the time to read through as much of this as possible, so that the Power of Attorney is not simply created, but you understand exactly what it means.

When working through the MyPowerOfAttorney™ service at LegalWills.ca you do not have to complete the document in one sitting.  You can answer a couple of questions and then store these wishes securely online here at LegalWills.ca until you have a few more minutes to answer additional questions.  If you prefer, you can spend many weeks or months making unlimited updates until you are happy with your final results, at which point you could have your final copy reviewed and signed.

Is my information secure?

All of your information stored at LegalWills.ca is safe and secure.  Your information is so highly encrypted that nobody has access to this information other than yourself and your trusted Keyholders® using their randomly generated personal key.  Even the owners and administrators of LegalWills.ca are not able to access your information due to the software design and encryption methods used.

Note, however, that some services require temporary decryption of a member's documents as part of the operation of providing that service.  For example, if the member wants to have their Will reviewed by one of our legal professionals, or wants to have their documents printed and mailed to them, then the software will automatically decrypt these documents as part of the member's instructions to have these services performed.

All data passing from your computer to LegalWills.ca is authenticated and encrypted using 128-bit "SSL encryption".  This is the most advanced level of encryption available today, and it means that any information sent from your computer is scrambled in a way which makes it completely unintelligible if intercepted.  When you are on a secure section within the web site, a padlock will appear on your web browser.  This is your assurance that the encryption is in place and that you are communicating across a secure link.

Furthermore, LegalWills.ca uses an industry standard high security streaming-encryption algorithm known as "RSA" to encrypt all of your information before it is stored online.  To give you a feeling for the level of security provided by this encryption, it has been estimated that with the most efficient algorithms known to date, it would take a computer operating at 1 million instructions per second over 300 quintillion years (that's 3 with 20 zeros behind it!) to break the encryption. That's several trillion times longer than the age of the Earth.

Can my information get destroyed or lost?

All of our data is securely stored in a highly encrypted format on database servers. To protect against catastrophic data loss, daily backups are performed on each of our servers. Hence, if any one of our servers experienced technical difficulties, the data would not be at risk.

Furthermore, physical protection of our primary systems includes:

  • Fire detection and fire suppression systems with dry pipe pre-action sprinkler systems
  • N + 1 redundant power supplies, providing dual power feeds and backup batteries, water coolant systems and generators
  • N + 1 redundant climate control, providing primary and backup chiller units, cooling towers, and water storage
  • Local network operations center (NOC) for monitoring all data center operations
  • 24x7 monitoring and support of network connection and server availability
  • 24x7 uniformed guard service with interior and exterior closed-circuit television surveillance
  • Electronic access at all data center entrances, including biometric hand scanners
  • Electronic key management systems and individually keyed cabinets

As you can see, we take the security and privacy of all of our member information very seriously.

Does it matter where I live?

Services such as MyFuneral™, MyLifeLocker™ and MyMessages™ do not create legal documents and make no assumptions about your country of residence. 

We have worked extensively with lawyers in Canada to ensure that the legal documents created by the MyWill™, MyExpatWill™, MyPowerOfAttorney™ and MyLivingWill™ services are up to date with the laws in all of the provinces in Canada, including: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, and Yukon Territory.  Hence, our services can be used to generate legal documents in any Canadian province with the exception of Quebec.

If you have any doubts about the legal standing of any documents in your jurisdiction, feel free to seek legal counsel in your area to have your documents reviewed.

How can I get more information?

There is a considerable amount of information included in the on-line help of the MyPowerOfAttorney™ wizard.  This will answer most of the common questions regarding the steps included in creating your own Power of Attorney. 

For information about the other services available, or about LegalWills.ca in general, you can browse this web site or send an email to support@legalwills.ca.  We will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

 

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