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Power of Attorney for Property

A Power of Attorney is a legal tool that can give you some degree of control over how you will be taken care of when you cannot make decisions for yourself because of aging, disability, illness, or disease. This resources discusses what a Power of Attorney for Property is, how it works, when it starts, and how to get one.

Available in:

English

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2014

Think Before You Sign: Misuse of Powers of Attorney for Personal Care

Seniors are often advised to sign a power of attorney for personal care so they can choose who will make personal care decisions for them if they become incapable.

Available in:

English

Format:

Newsletter

Produced/Updated In:

2014

Powers of Attorney

Written for seniors, this section of the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly (ACE) web site defines the Power of Attorney for Personal Care and the Continuing Power of Attorney for Property.

Available in:

English

Format:

Presentation materials

Produced/Updated In:

2013

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Tip sheets on Health Care Consent and Advance Care Planning

These tip sheets on Health Care Consent (HCC) and Advance Care Planning (ACP) have information about preparing for a time when you may not have the mental capacity to make decisions about your health care. The first tip sheet looks at what HCC and ACP are, deciding about a Substitute Decision Maker (SDM), what the SDM does, and the the role of the health care practitioner.

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2013

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Planning for illness: legal information for people living with HIV in Ontario

This guide provides general legal information about planning for illness and death for people in Ontario. Topics in the booklet include: Powers of attorney, wills, planning for your children, your home, benefits, resources, services, and more.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2012

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Powers of Attorney Kit

This booklet contains instructions and forms for a Continuing Power of Attorney for Property and for a Power of Attorney for Personal Care. A list of terms and definitions is also provided.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2012

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What is the Office of the Children’s Lawyer?

The Office of the Children’s Lawyer (OCL) and Justice for Children and Youth (JFCY) both represent children and youth on legal issues, but they are different organizations doing different things. This JFCY blogpost sorts out the differences.

Available in:

English

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2012

Who would you want making your decisions when you no longer can?

By making Powers of Attorney, you can decide who decides to make decisions for you when you no longer can. This information sheet, part of the Learn Law series, looks at what decisions a substitute decision maker can make under a Continuing Power of Attorney for Property (CPAP) or a Power of Attorney for Personal Care (PCAC).

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2012

Wills and Power of Attorney for Personal Care

In their blog presenting legal information for youth dealing with important issues, Justice for Children and Youth look at making a will, and power of attorney for personal care (POAPC).

Available in:

English

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2012

Your Law Series: Wills and Estates

In this video, two Ontario lawyers discuss the importance of having a properly drafted will and power of attorney.

Available in:

English

Produced by:

Law Society of Ontario

Format:

Video

Produced/Updated In:

2012