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Justice Ontario: Wills, Estates and Trusts

This section of the Ministry of the Attorney General web site has information about wills, estates, and trusts, power of attorney, help for incapable family members, and finding a lawyer.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2019

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What to do when someone dies

This section of the Government of Ontario website has answers to common questions about what to do, and what support is available, when a loved one dies in Ontario. Who to call first, organ and tissue donation, and getting a burial permit are among the topics covered.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2019

Justice Ontario

The Justice Ontario website has information on topics such as finding a lawyer, tickets and fines, lawsuits and disputes, family and criminal law, human rights, and wills and estates. A toll-free number gives access to legal information in over 170 languages.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2018

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Ontario Bar Association Videos

This series of online videos from the Ontario Bar Association were developed with the goal of raising awareness and understanding of the justice system in Ontario Topics include:

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Video

Produced/Updated In:

2018

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Getting an inheritance when you are on Ontario disability benefits

This booklet deals with inheriting money or other property and how it can affect a person’s right to benefits from the Ontario Disability Support Program. It explains the rules about assets, income, and payments for disability-related items and services.

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2017

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The Capacity Assessment Office: Questions and Answers

This web page has information on the Capacity Assessment Office operated by the Ministry of the Attorney General. It describes the circumstances in which a capacity assessor’s services are used and how capacity is assessed. 

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2017

Using legal services: tips for persons with disabilities

This fact sheet gives information on:

  • Free legal advice and finding legal help
  • Disability accommodations
  • Communicating with your lawyer or paralegal

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2017

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Becoming a Guardian of Property

This resource gives information for people who want to apply to be appointed as a guardian of property for an incapable person. In question and answer format, it explains the difference between a guardian of property and an attorney under a continuing power of attorney, how to apply for guardianship, what authority and obligations guardians have, and fees guardians are allowed to charge.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2016

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Continuing Power of Attorney for Property

This booklet explains what a continuing power of attorney for property is, reasons to make one, and what can happen if you do not. Topics include: how to make a continuing power of attorney for property; when an attorney can make decisions; what kind of decisions they can make; and where to get forms, legal information, and help.

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2016

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Duties and Powers of a Guardian of Property

The purpose of this information bulletin is to help a person who has been appointed as the guardian of property of an incapable person. It explains what this important role involves, what things the guardian is allowed to do and what steps must be taken by the guardian to meet his or her obligations to the incapable person.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2016