If your spouse or other family member has been named by you in a continuing power of attorney for property, we can carry out the request. If not we cannot carry out a request to change your address, banking or other information, or release your information.
A continuing power of attorney for property is a legal document that gives someone else the right to act on your behalf in matters relating to your property and finances.
A lawyer can advise you on drawing up specific conditions and limitations for a continuing power of attorney for property. In the absence of a continuing power of attorney for property, a guardian of property can be appointed by the courts to make decisions on behalf of the incapable person. If no one is appointed, the public guardian and trustee assumes the authority.
The Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee has a power of attorney kit that will help you appoint the person you want to make decisions for you when you are no longer able to do so. You can get a copy from the website of the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General at www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca.
Note: A person holding a continuing power of attorney for property cannot change a member’s designation; only the member can.