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Are there Residency Requirements to be a Power of Attorney or Executor?

Do geographical boundaries matter when appointing someone as a power of attorney or executor?  While there is no absolute prohibition on appointing non-residents, it may be wise to choose someone close to home. Power of Attorney An attorney appointed under a Power of Attorney does not need to be a resident of Manitoba, or even a resident of Canada. Section 16 of The Power of… Read More »

Rights to Viewing a Will

A testator (the person who creates the Will) has the right to show their Will to anyone they wish while they are alive but they have no obligation to do so. They may, however, want to provide a copy of the Will to the executor(s) of the Will or provide information to the executor(s) as to where the original Will is located. This aids the… Read More »

Canada Pension Plan Top Up – The Child Rearing Provision

Individuals who left the work force, or had low earnings because they were caring for a child under the age of seven may be able to qualify for benefits or increase their Canada Pension Plan Benefits. To qualify the individual must have either not worked or had low earnings while being the primary caregiver of a child under the age of seven who was born… Read More »

Accounting Tips for Executors, Trustees and Attorneys

Anyone who holds assets for the benefit of someone else is in a position of trust. These individual controlling the assets are called “Trustees”, and the people entitled to the benefits of those assets are called “beneficiaries”. There are different types of Trustees: executors, administrators for an estate and attorneys acting under a Power of Attorney are a few examples. To promote clarity and ensure… Read More »

Health Care Directives

Elsewhere, this website has featured articles on Wills and Powers of Attorney. A Will is a written document which sets out the method of distribution of the assets of the deceased. A Power of Attorney is a written document wherein the individual, called the donor, appoints an attorney or attorneys to carry on the donor’s day to day affairs during the lifetime of the donor… Read More »

 
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