Ontario residents, make a Power of Attorney to appoint an agent (attorney) to act for you when you are unable to with one of these fully editable forms. You can also cancel the Power of Attorney with a Revocation Form.
Q. Can't my spouse or partner or a family member look after my affairs if I'm not able to?
A. To some extent, they can. But to handle your financial, legal and business affairs, they will require written authorization in the form of a Power of Attorney.
Q. Do I have to appoint a lawyer to act for me?
A. No. In this context, the word 'attorney' does not mean a lawyer. It means someone who is acting on your behalf with your authorization.
Q. Am I required to make a power of attorney?
A. No, it is strictly voluntary. But if you don't have one in place and you become incapacitated because of injury or illness, the court will appoint someone to act for you. If you make a power of attorney, you can choose that person yourself.
Appoint an attorney to make personal care and medical decisions for you with this Ontario Power of Attorney for Personal Care.
The Power of Attorney is in accordance with the Ontario Substitute Decisions Act, 1992.
This document allows you to appoint someone you trust to make decisions on your behalf in the event that you can no longer do so, with respect to medical treatment and personal matters such as housing, clothing, etc.
This Power of Attorney does NOT grant your attorney authority to manage your finances or property.
If you give your attorney the power to consent to or refuse medical treatment for you, the power of attorney has the same effect as an advance directive or living will in other provinces.
The form includes instructions on how to complete and execute the Power of Attorney to ensure that it is valid.
This Ontario Power of Attorney for Personal Care is a downloadable legal template which is easy to use and understand.
Cancel your Power of Attorney with this Ontario Revocation of Power of Attorney form.
So long as you have mental capacity and can understand the impact of what you are doing, you have the right to cancel an existing Power of Attorney at any time, and revoke the powers you gave to your agent (attorney).
Once you have signed the form, give a copy of it to the attorney.
You should also give a copy to any banks, financial institutions, medical facilities, etc. that had a copy of your original Power of Attorney.
The form should be signed in front of a witness, and includes an Affidavit of Attestation to be sworn by the witness.
This Ontario Revocation of Power of Attorney is a free downloadable legal form.