Power of attorneys are usually appointed in the event that the donor will no longer be able to manage their affairs in the future for reasons such as health related issues, travel, and overall not being in sound mind to manage one’s own affairs.
“Powers of Attorney always have to wear the fiduciary hat” says Colin “and always, always be over-prepared”
The primary responsibility and priority of the power of attorney Is to maintain the personal care and security of the donor. This usually comes in the form of financial care, which includes responsibilities such as paying bills, looking after properties, keeping record of invoices and transactions, and keeping a record of all the donors assets and liabilities. It could also come in the form of maintaining personal health care if the donor is not able to do so, which entails responsibilities such as keeping up with appointments, and providing the donor with all the necessary materials and resources for the maintenance of good health.
Colin also recommends that in order to be a responsible power of attorney, one should consider in good contact with all the lives that intersect with that of the donor. This will help the attorney get an idea of the needs and requirements of the donor, and will make the job of the POA easier.
Catch FH&P Lawyers Nancy Ling and Colin Flannigan on AM 1150 every other Tuesday morning at 9:30 am on Tuesday morning law talk with Phil Johnson! Keep your eyes peeled on our blog for more on Powers of Attorney and Estate Planning information!
Provincial Court Family Rules
Wesley Shields, a family lawyer in our office was appointed as a member of the Provincial Court Family Rules Working Group in 2017. The Committee began its work in 2014 on implementing changes and reforms to the B.C. Provincial Court Family Rules. In the edition of The Lawyer’s Daily article titled “B.C. family law reform proposals aimed at less adversarial system, smaller burden on courts” they interviewed Wesley Shields on the new recommendations proposed regarding Provincial Family Rules.
New York New Years 2019
For New Years Eve 2019, FH&P Lawyers were proud to serve hot chocolate to anyone who had attended New York New Years in Stuart Park. The event started at 6pm and ran until 9pm. This is the 8th annual New York New Years, which was put on by Valley First and the City of Kelowna. This is one of the only free New Years Eve all ages event that happens in Kelowna.
FH&P Lawyers New Office Now Open in Penticton
FH&P Lawyers is very excited to announce the opening of our new location at 74 Wade Avenue, Penticton. This will be our second location in the South Okanagan and we are delighted to continue serving the communities we call home.