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The Importance of Advanced Care Planning

One of the most abused legal documents is the Power of Attorney. It can give power to a person who might misuse it and leave you powerless in controlling your own life. The same goes for a Personal Care Directive because if this document is ill-prepared, you could end up receiving medical care in a way you never wanted. However, without these documents, you and your family could face costly...

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Should my 18 year old have a will?

In Alberta, most people have to be 18 years of age to write a will. There are a variety of exceptions to this rule, for example, if you a minor has a child or is a member of the military then you may be able to write a will while you are a minor. However, by and large, most minors are unable to create a will in Alberta until their 18th birthday. 

Should your child write a will when they...

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Six Things to Consider When Granting a Power of Attorney

power of attorney Jul 25, 2018

Power of attorney is an arrangement that allows a person you trust to handle certain financial responsibilities for you in your absence. It is typically invoked when you are absent or unavailable for a certain period of time (e.g. taking an extended vacation, going overseas for military duty). The person you appoint can pay your bills, sell your house for you, and complete other important...

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How is legal (in)capacity determined in Alberta?

Legal capacity addresses a person’s ability to understand the nature and consequences of making decisions that:

A) are legally binding

B) affect their rights, responsibilities, obligations, and legal entitlements, as well as those of others

Examples of these decisions include entering, buying or selling a home or business; initiating a lawsuit; and executing a Health Care Directive, Power...

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