Having a power of attorney in Arizona

Fall 2014 CSANews Issue 93  |   Posted date : Jan 09, 2015.Back to list

Bird talk - Le Jaseur
Dear Bird Talk,

I am a snowbird from Canada who has purchased a single-family home in a 55+ community. I have powers of attorney for both my estate and personal care written in Ontario by a lawyer. Should I have a power of attorney certified in Arizona as well? I am sure that there are lots of Canadians spending the winter in Arizona who would be interested in your answer.

R Morrison,
Peterborough, ON

Response:
Ed.: In theory, the documents prepared in Ontario should be recognized in Arizona. However, when the matter would arise, it would probably be in a crisis situation and the last thing that you would want is to have a question arise regarding their validity. Therefore, we suggest having documents prepared by a local attorney such that when the occasion arises, the persons involved are presented with documents which they recognize. We also suggest that these be valid only in the U.S., so that they do not conflict with your Ontario documents.

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