This document has great value for anyone who:
You can name anyone you trust to be your attorney. You may choose your spouse, a family member or a close friend. If the person is not an adult, that person cannot act until he or she turns 19.
It is important to know that you cannot name someone who is paid to provide personal care or health care services to you. This includes employees working at a facility where you live that provides these services. There is an exception if the attorney you choose is your spouse, child or parent.
You may also name a trust company, or a credit union authorized to provide these services. In determining who would be a good attorney for you, consider their ability to be available as well as their knowledge and skills.
A Deed of Gift documents a significant gift to another person during one’s lifetime. When prepared and notarized by a Notary, it proves the donor’s intention for the gift which can be required to counter undue influence or arguments after the donor’s death. This can also be useful in circumstances where a person near death wants to transfer their assets or home into joint tenancy or wants to give a significant sum of money or gift to another person during their lifetime.
Anyone who wants to transfer an asset, as a gift, before their death.
Advance Directives document instructions to doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers for an individual’s future health care. This ensures their wishes will be carried out by healthcare providers if they are unable to express them in the future.
People who want to ensure that their wishes are followed even if:
A Representation Agreement appoints a representative, or multiple representatives, to make decisions regarding an individual’s health and personal care in the event they are unable to communicate their own wishes. Depending on how the Representation Agreement is prepared, a designated representative’s authority can include:
A Notary can help determine the appropriate scope for specific representative(s).
Any adult who wants to ensure that a specific person or persons are appointed to make decisions for them, especially if they have no spouse; or no spouse and no children, or if their children are in conflict with one another or would not be good decision makers.