A "General Power of Attorney" is the authorization for another
person to act on your behalf for legal, financial or business matters.
You may do this, for example, if you have emigrated and have ongoing legal
or business matters to attend to. In this case, it may be convenient
to have an authorized person sign documents on your behalf.
A "Durable Power of Attorney" has the same authorization, but the
powers continue to be effective even if you become mentally incapacitated or
incompetent for any reason. Of course, you must be competent before
the Durable Power of Attorney is set up. You can also set up a Durable
Power of Attorney to only come into effect if or when you become mentally
You can also create a "Power of Attorney for Health Care" or "Advance
Health Care Directive". This gives the authority to a loved one to
make health care decisions on your behalf. For example, if you are
critically ill a Power of Attorney for Health Care could dictate whether or
not you should receive life-sustaining treatment or medication. This
is special type of document which can be created using the
MyLivingWill™ service here at
The MyPowerOfAttorney™ service steps you through a simple question and answer
wizard, formats your answers into a readable format, and allows you to make
unlimited updates while allowing you to store your information securely online.
You can then designate your own personal "Keyholders® ", who with their unique
ID can unlock your Power of Attorney at the appropriate time.
These services are all available with the Silver II and Gold membership
packages. The complete pricing structure is available on our
According to current laws in most jurisdictions, in order to be a legal
document your Power of Attorney must be signed in the presence of two witnesses,
and in most cases in front of a Notary Public. A Notary Public has the
legal standing to administer oaths and officiate over the signing process.
In other words, they are an independent person who will determine that all
parties signed of their own free will, and that they are all who they say they
However, "electronic signature" laws are moving rapidly and we are
closely monitoring these laws to support the future electronic notarization
of documents, or even the electronic signature of your Power of Attorney.
It is only a matter of time before this becomes standard practice in preparing
legal documents. According to today's laws you will need to print the
Power of Attorney you create with the MyPowerOfAttorney™ service and have it
signed according to the laws in your area. More details about this process
are available on the help pages within the wizard.
Although the unsigned version of your Power of Attorney stored online at
is not a legal document, if you wish you can allow one or more
of your designated Keyholders® to have access to the Power of Attorney that you
have created here at PartingWishes.com.
This could be important if your
legally signed copy cannot be located. In this situation, your
Power of Attorney can still provide some guidance to a loving
family, as they can understand how you would want your legal, financial and/or
business matters to be handled.
You can choose to have a 1-year, 10-year, 25-year or Life membership at
during which time you can make as many updates or amendments
to your Power of Attorney as you wish at no extra charge. Details of the
membership packages available can be found on our Prices
The question and answer wizard can be completed in less than ten minutes.
The wizard has a wealth of helpful information that you will likely find
educational and useful. You should take the time to read through as much
of this as possible, so that the Power of Attorney is not simply created, but
you understand exactly what it means.
When working through the MyPowerOfAttorney™ service at
you do not have to complete the document in one sitting. You can answer a
couple of questions and then store these wishes securely online here at
until you have a few more minutes to answer additional
questions. If you prefer, you can spend many weeks or months making
unlimited updates until you are happy with your final results, at which point
you could have your final copy reviewed and signed.
All of your information stored at
is safe and secure.
Your information is so highly encrypted that nobody has access to this
information other than yourself and your trusted Keyholders® using their
randomly generated personal key. Even the owners and administrators of
are not able to access your information due to the software
design and encryption methods used.
Note, however, that some services require temporary decryption of a member's documents
as part of the operation of providing that service.
For example, if the member wants to have their Will reviewed by one of our legal
professionals, or wants to have their documents printed and mailed to them, then
the software will automatically decrypt these documents as part of the member's
instructions to have these services performed.
All data passing from your computer to
is authenticated and
encrypted using 128-bit "SSL encryption". This is the most advanced level
of encryption available today, and it means that any information sent from your
computer is scrambled in a way which makes it completely unintelligible if
intercepted. When you are on a secure section within the web
site, a padlock will appear at the bottom of your web browser's screen.
This is your assurance that the encryption is in place and that you are
communicating across a secure link.
uses an industry standard high security
streaming-encryption algorithm known as "RSA" to encrypt all of your information
before it is stored online. To give you a feeling for the level of
security provided by this encryption, it has been estimated that with the most
efficient algorithms known to date, it would take a computer operating at 1
million instructions per second over 300 quintillion years (that's 3 with 20
zeros behind it!) to break the encryption. That's several trillion times longer
than the age of the Earth.
All of our data is securely stored in a highly encrypted format on database
servers in the USA. To protect against catastrophic data loss, daily backups are
performed on each of our servers to locations in Canada and the U.S. Hence, if
any one of our servers experienced technical difficulties, the data would not be
Furthermore, physical protection of our primary systems includes:
- Fire detection and fire suppression systems with dry pipe pre-action
- N + 1 redundant power supplies, providing dual power feeds and backup
batteries, water coolant systems and generators
- N + 1 redundant climate control, providing primary and backup chiller
units, cooling towers, and water storage
- Local network operations center (NOC) for monitoring all data center
- 24x7 monitoring and support of network connection and server
- 24x7 uniformed guard service with interior and exterior closed-circuit
- Electronic access at all data center entrances, including biometric hand
- Electronic key management systems and individually keyed cabinets
As you can see, we take the security and privacy of all of our member
information very seriously.
Services such as MyFuneral™,
and MyMemorials™ do not create legal documents and
make no assumptions about your country of residence.
In the US, Canada, England and Wales, we have worked extensively to ensure that the legal
documents created by the MyWill™,
and MyLivingWill™ services are up to date
with the laws in all of the states in the United States and the provinces in
Canada, including: Alabama, Alaska, Alberta, Arizona, Arkansas, British
Columbia, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia,
Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky,
Maine, Manitoba, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi,
Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, New Hampshire,
New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northwest
Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ohio, Oklahoma, Ontario, Oregon,
Pennsylvania, Prince Edward Island, Rhode Island, Saskatchewan, South Carolina,
South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington
D.C., West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and Yukon Territory. Hence, these
services can be used to generate legal documents in any state in the United
States with the exception of Louisiana, and any Canadian province with the
exception of Quebec, and in England and Wales in the United Kingdom.
Furthermore, the MyPowerOfAttorney™
service is available for all States in the United States except Louisiana, and
for all Provinces in Canada except Quebec. In the UK, power of attorney forms
are provided free of charge by the government.
Note that even in unsupported areas, there is value in stepping through the
wizards provided in these services in preparation for a consultation with an
attorney. It is strongly recommended that residents outside of the above
supported states/provinces/countries seek legal advice even after completing the
wizards. Local laws in these unsupported areas have not been considered in the
structure of the legal documents.
If you have any doubts about the legal standing of any documents in your
jurisdiction, feel free to seek legal counsel in your area to have your
There is a considerable amount of information included in the on-line help of
the MyPowerOfAttorney™ wizard. This will answer most of the common
questions regarding the steps included in creating your own Power of Attorney.
For information about the other services available, or about
in general, you can browse this web site or send an email to
We will be happy to answer any questions you may have.