Wills And Powers Of Attorney

Wills and powers of attorney are best prepared with legal advice. A lawyer can provide peace of mind that your estate documents will survive legal scrutiny and will give full effect to your wishes, both after your passing and for your end-of-life care.

Considerations When Drafting A Will

At the West Vancouver firm of Goluboff & Mazzei, we consult with you in-depth to determine how best to achieve your estate planning goals. Itemizing your bequests and identifying estate beneficiaries are only two aspects of this work. Designating an executor and guardian for minor children are also important choices, and should only be made with a full understanding of the responsibility of each role.

Many families have specific concerns. We can help you to provide for dependants with disabilities or special needs, charitable bequests, and to establish trusts for minors who lack sufficient maturity to receive an inheritance. During our conversations, we will talk with you at length about your needs and guide you on how best to meet them.

Benefits Of Choosing A Power Of Attorney

In British Columbia, a power of attorney can provide for a person or persons to handle financial and legal decisions. He or she can have broad powers or very limited authority. An attorney's power ends once you are no longer mentally capable, unless you have signed an enduring power of attorney.

A power of attorney does not allow for medical or health care decisions on your behalf. An individual appointed under a representation agreement, however, can make legal, financial, personal and medical care decisions, depending on the scope of the agreement. Your intentions for your medical care can also be outlined in yet another document, an advance directive, that is provided to your care providers.

Appointing people to these roles, while you are still of sound mind, prevents financial and emotional strain on family members. If no attorney is named, and you become mentally incapable, a person will have to complete and file a committee application in the Supreme Court to appoint a person(s) to act on your behalf. This process costs several thousand dollars, and your family members may not agree on who should act in this role.

Contact Us

At Goluboff & Mazzei, our experienced lawyers for wills and powers of attorney in West Vancouver can help you to understand and execute your legal options. Clients in the North Shore, Squamish or Whistler are welcome to call us at 604-229-4470 or 800-815-5894 toll free or send us an email.