Ontario's Power of Attorney Laws
This booklet contains instructions and forms for a Continuing Power of Attorney for
Property and a Power of Attorney for Personal Care.
By making powers of attorney, people can plan ahead and be confident that their plans
will be carried out.
The role of government is to act as substitu te decision-maker of last resort only for
people who have no one else to make decisions on their behalf. If there is no power of attorney, a
family member or friend may have to apply to be appointed as guardian.
Powers of attorney which were properly made under previous laws of Ontario remain
The forms for a Continuing Power of Attorney for Property and a Power of Attorney for
Personal Care contained in this booklet were revised on March 29, 1996 in accordance with
amendments to the Substitute Decisions Act, 1992. Former versions of these forms may be used
and will be valid if properly completed and witnessed.
If you have questions after reading the instructions, you may wish to seek advice from a
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