A family member or best friend is capable of understanding and making their own decisions, but would like to entrust you with the management of their affairs, at least temporarily.
A power of attorney could be useful.
You are a caregiver. Does the person you're caring for want to delegate certain tasks that have become too complex, such as managing and paying bills? A power of attorney could give you the right to act on their behalf.
A power of attorney is a contract by which one person appoints another to represent them in performing certain acts:
A power of attorney is useful in a variety of situations, for example, when a physical health issue prevents an individual from leaving their home. In this case, the individual can entrust certain tasks to someone they trust.
There are two types of power of attorney:
Mandator: the person who grants power of attorney, to entrust the administration of their affairs to another person.
Mandatary: person who accepts the power of attorney
Mandate: another term used to designate a power of attorney (not to be confused with the protection mandate!)
A power of attorney covers only the administration of a capable person’s property. Powers of attorney, protection mandates and assistance measures should not be confused. These three distinct legal instruments are designed to meet different needs.
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