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Powers of attorney [POA]


What the client may say:
  • "I don’t know what happens if I don’t have a power of attorney for personal care or property."
  • "I wrote a Power of Attorney, but I’ve changed my mind about the person I chose."
  • "I don’t know who to name in my Power of Attorney."
  • "I don’t want machines to keep me alive if I’m in a terrible accident or get really sick."
  • "My sibling makes health-care decisions for our sick parent and I don’t agree with his/her choices."
  • "The person in charge of my sick parent’s finances has been withdrawing large amounts of money from his/her bank account."

Ottawa Legal Information Centre

Offers legal information services, such as general explanations regarding the law and other legal topics, and is not authorized to provide legal advice or legal assistance.

Record #: OCR1063 Last Full Update: 19 Sep 2019
Names
Alternate Name Centre d'information juridique d'Ottawa ; Community Legal Centre ; CV19 ; Legal Clinic ; Legal Information & Referral Services ; OCR ; OLIC
Former Name Ottawa Legal Information Centre (2018)
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Ottawa
Address & Map
85 Albert St, Unit 1400
Ottawa, ON K1P 6A4
 
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Intersection Elgin St and Albert St
Bus Route Notes OC Transpo OC Travel Planner or Route Timetable
Physical Access Partially Accessible - entrance only * braille elevator
Parking Pay parking lots * parking meters
Description and Services
Description (Service) COVID-19 (May 7, 2020): Centre will no longer offer its services in person for the time being * legal information services remain available by telephone at 1-844-343-7462 during regular business hours * offering public legal education presentations remotely through Zoom to its community partners * contact for more information

Legal information and referral services offered on a confidential basis * all areas of law * 30 minute meeting with a lawyer, who can offer legal information * referral service to specialized resources in the province * help to determine the required legal forms * offers pamphlets, resources and information tools prepared by various legal organizations * commissioning of affidavits and notary public services

The Centre does not provide legal advice or legal assistance
Hours COVID-19 Mon 1 pm-4 pm * Tue, Wed, Thu 9 am-12 noon, 1 pm-4 pm * Fri 9 am-12 noon
Areas Served Ontario
Eligibility No restrictions
Application Drop in or call * with or without an appointment * to make an appointment, contact the reception by telephone and ask to add your name to the call back list (the call will be returned within seven business days) 
 
Commissioning of affidavits and notary public services: bring printed documents and two identification documents along with you
Languages English ; French ; Interpretive Services
Fees None
Service Categories Certificates/Forms Assistance ~ Legal Issues ; Crime Victim Accompaniment Services ; Legal Information Services ; Notary Public Services ; Public Access Computers/Tools ; Specialized Information and Referral ~ Legal Issues
Contact Information
Office Phone 613-842-7462
Toll Free Phone 1-844-343-7462
Fax 613-842-8389
Website legalinfocentre.ca/
Social Media Facebook Twitter
Other Details
Funding Federal - Department of Justice
Print Material Pamphlets * promotional leaflets * posters
Resources Website * print bilingual legal resources

JusticeNet

Connects low to middle income individuals with legal professionals – lawyers, mediators and paralegals- who have agreed to work at a reduced rate.

Record #: OCR2976 Last Full Update: 04 Dec 2019
Names
Alternate Name OCR
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Thornhill
Address & Map
8185 Yonge St, Suite 213
Thornhill, ON L3T 2C6
 
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Intersection Yonge St and Royal Orchard Blvd
Physical Access Not Applicable - No direct access for clients
Description and Services
Description (Service) Non-profit organization * links individuals seeking legal advice that are unable to obtain legal advice due to high cost or due to their ineligibility to obtain Legal Aid, with legal professionals that have agreed to work for reduced hourly fees * referrals to lawyers, paralegals and mediators * see website for a detailed description of the fee structure
Hours Mon-Fri 10 am-4 pm
Areas Served Ontario
Eligibility Ages: 18 year(s) and up 
 
Individuals residing in or seeking advice about an issue within Ontario, with an annual net family income below $60,000, and not eligible for Legal Aid
Application Visit website for online directory of lawyers, mediators, and paralegals * income eligibility assessment required prior to receiving legal services at reduced rates
Languages English ; French ; Interpretive Services
Fees Service - sliding scale depending on net family income and number of dependents, see website for details
Service Categories Legal Assistance Referral Services ; Paralegal Counselling
Contact Information
Fax 416-479-0829
E-Mail info@justicenet.ca
Website www.justicenet.ca
Primary Contact Heidi Mottahedin, Executive Director; Phone: 416-995-9010; Email: heidi@justicenet.ca
Other Details
Funding Fees
Resources Website

HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO)

Provides free legal services to people in Ontario who are living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.

Record #: MET3562 Last Full Update: 10 Aug 2020
Names
Alternate Name CV19 ; HALCO ; HIV and AIDs Legal Clinic ; Ontario AIDS Legal Clinic ; Ontario HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic
Legal Name HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Toronto Downtown Central
Address & Map
55 University Ave, Suite 1400
Toronto, ON M5J 2H7
 
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Intersection University Ave and King St W
Physical Access Wheelchair accessible automatic main and office entrances; Elevator accessible with tactile buttons; Accessible all gender washroom
Description and Services
Description (Service) COVID19 -- service by phone, no in person meetings or public education activities * intake Mon, Wed, Fri 9 am-5 pm

Community legal clinic * advice, representation, referrals, advocacy * areas of law include privacy, social assistance, immigration, housing/tenant, pensions, Employment Insurance (EI), private insurance benefits, health, criminal, prison (HIV-related), human rights, substitute decision making and powers of attorney * community legal education speakers and publications * law reform and test case litigation * funded by Legal Aid Ontario, AIDS Bureau (Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care), foundations and donors * also known as HALCO
Hours COVID19 -- service by phone, no in person meetings or public education activities * intake Mon, Wed, Fri 9 am-5 pm

Office -- Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm * Intake -- Mon, Wed, Fri 9 am-5 pm
Areas Served Ontario
Boundaries Ontario
Eligibility Persons living with HIV/AIDS in Ontario * case and financial eligibility criteria may apply for legal representation
Application Call, drop in, email or write
Languages English ; French - some staff speak French ; interpreters for other languages, including phone interpretation
Fees None
Service Categories Community Legal Clinics ; General Legal Aid ~ AIDS/HIV ; Individual Advocacy ~ AIDS/HIV ; Judicial Advocacy ~ AIDS/HIV Issues ; Legal Counselling ~ AIDS/HIV ; Legal Information Services ~ AIDS/HIV Issues ; Legal Representation ~ AIDS/HIV ; Legislative Advocacy ~ AIDS/HIV Issues
Contact Information
Office Phone 416-340-7790
Toll Free Phone 1-888-705-8889
Fax 416-340-7248
E-Mail talklaw@halco.org
Website www.halco.org

Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee [OPGT] - Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General

Manages the finances and property of adults who have been found incapable of managing their own affairs; is the decision maker of last resort for treatment & placement decisions for those indiv

Record #: OCR2601 Last Full Update: 27 Nov 2019
Names
Alternate Name OCR
Location & Accessibility
Site Location West Centretown, in Little Italy
Located In Community Ottawa
Address & Map
351 Preston St, Suite 200
Ottawa, ON K1S 2E6
 
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Intersection Carling Ave and Preston St
Bus Route Notes OC Transpo OC Travel Planner or Route Timetable
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Parking Pay indoor parking * pay parking lot * parking meters
Description and Services
Description (Service) Responsible for:

Protecting Mentally Incapable People: Managing the finances and property of adults who have been found incapable of managing their own affairs * Services: guardianship or substitute decision making services for personal care in areas such as: food, shelter, clothing, hygiene, safety and health care * decision maker of last resort for treatment and placement decisions for those individuals who have no one else to do so * temporary guardianship unit can investigate situations where an incapable person may be at risk of abuse or neglect.

Charitable Properties Program: Works with charities to help them deal with problems (i.e., improper investments, improper use of donated property) * inquires into complaints about charities * can protect the public's interest in how charities raise and use their money.

Administration of Estates: May apply to become estate trustee of a person who has died in Ontario without a will, without known heirs in the province or where the heirs are children under the age of majority * responsible for ensuring that the blood relatives entitled by law receive the net proceeds of an intestate estate * routinely searches for the heirs of deceased persons whose estates are administered by the OPGT.

Investing Perpetual Care Funds: Cemetery owners have the option of having the Public Guardian and Trustee act as trustee of their perpetual care trust funds * office pays out the annual income and cemetery owners use the interest earned on the trust funds for the upkeep of the cemetery.

Dealing with Dissolved Corporations: when company's assets are forfeit to the Crown * office may sell property * persons having a legal or moral claim may apply under the Escheats Act for relief from forfeiture.

Powers of Attorney and "Living Wills": Power of Attorney Kit helps appoint person to make decisions for oneself when no longer able to do so.
Hours Administration: 8:30 am-5 pm  
Treatment decisions: Mon-Fri 8:30 am-5 pm * Sat-Sun, statutory holidays 8:45 am-1:30 pm (answering machine but someone will call back as soon as possible)
Areas Served Frontenac County ; Hastings County ; Lanark County ; Leeds and Grenville United Counties ; Lennox and Addington County ; Ottawa (City of) ; Prescott and Russell United Counties ; Prince Edward County ; Renfrew County ; Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry United Counties
Eligibility No restrictions
Application Application process is complex * call or visit the website for more information * anyone who thinks someone might be at risk can call the investigation unit to assess the situation 1-800-366-0335
Languages English ; French ; American Sign Language (ASL) - as requested ; Quebec Sign Language (LSQ) - as requested
Fees Service - as described in legislation, check the website for details
Service Categories Adult Protective Services ; Charitable Organization Complaints ; Consumer Disclosure Laws ; Durable Power of Attorney for Asset Management ; Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care ; Living Wills ; Post Mortem Estate Administration ; Probate Assistance ; Trust Administration
Contact Information
Office Phone 613-241-1202
Toll Free Phone 1-800-891-0506 ; Investigation Unit 1-800-366-0335
After Hours Phone Answering machine 1-800-387-2127
Fax 613-241-1567
Website www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca
Primary Contact Sidra Tahir, Program Support Assistant; Phone: 613-241-1484; Email: Sidra.Tahir@ontario.ca
Alternate Contact Tania Morrison, Team Leader (acting); Phone: 807-343-7274; Email: tania.morrison@ontario.ca
Primary Executive Angèle Richard, Area Manager, Eastern Region; Phone: 613-241-1551; Email: angele.richard@ontario.ca
Other Details
Established 1919
Funding Provincial
Resources Website
Accreditation No * Staff certified by their respective professional associations.

Law Society Referral Service

Provides the name of a lawyer or paralegal who best fits a person’s stated needs. The service is not designed to provide legal advice or second opinions.

Advocacy Centre for the Elderly (ACE)

Works as a resource to Ottawa’s community legal clinics to provide legal services to seniors.

Reach Canada

Educates and informs persons with disabilities, family members, lawyers and the general public about the rights and interests of persons with disabilities and ensures that quality legal and social

Record #: OCR1591 Last Full Update: 22 Jan 2020
Names
Alternate Name CV19 ; OCR
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Ottawa
Address & Map
312 Parkdale Ave
Ottawa, ON K1Y 4X5
 
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Intersection Parkdale Ave and Scott St
Bus Route Notes OC Transpo OC Travel Planner or Route Timetable
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Parking Free parking
Description and Services
Description (Service) COVID-19 (May 4, 2020): Reach's Legal Referral program is accepting calls from clients with disabilities in Ottawa and the Champlain region who require legal assistance * referrals made to legal resources will now be in the form of telephone or videoconference meetings * Reach’s Legal Referral team will be working remotely until further notice * response time may be impacted by these new working arrangements

Dedicated to educating and informing persons with disabilities, family members, lawyers and the general public about the rights and interests of persons with disabilities and ensuring that quality legal and social representation are provided

The Centre provides speakers to groups and educational programs * lawyer referral services for people with disabilities through a network of lawyers who volunteer
Hours COVID-19 Mon-Thu 9 am-2 pm
Areas Served Ottawa (City of)
Eligibility Persons with disabilities and family members, lawyers, mediators and the general public * anyone interested in the rights and interests of persons with disabilities
Application Call or visit the website to apply
Languages English ; French ; French lawyers are available
Fees None
Service Categories Disability Associations ; Disability Awareness Programs ; Disability Rights Groups ; Legal Assistance Referral Services ~ Disabilities Issues
Contact Information
Office Phone 613-236-6636
Toll Free Phone 1-888-669-4001
E-Mail reach@reach.ca
Website www.reach.ca
Social Media Facebook Twitter
Other Details
Established 1981
Funding Fundraising ; Donations - Charitable Registration Number: 107889297 RR0001
Elections The Board of Directors is elected.
Resources Website

ARCH Disability Law Centre

Community legal aid clinic for persons with disabilities including consumers of health, social or special education services.

Record #: MET0017 Last Full Update: 25 Oct 2019
Names
Alternate Name CV19 ; Disability Law Centre
Former Name Advocacy Resource Centre for the Handicapped (ARCH) (1996) ; ARCH: A Legal Resource Centre for Persons with Disabilities (2005)
Notes
Public Comments Collect calls accepted
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Toronto Downtown Central
Address & Map
55 University Ave, 15th Fl
Toronto, ON M5J 2H7
 
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Intersection University Ave and King St W
Physical Access Wheelchair accessible automatic main entrance ; Dedicated accessible washroom with all features ; Elevator with braille features
Description and Services
Description (Service) COVID19 -- office closed but staff working remotely * call or email, no access to TTY

Community legal clinic

Summary Advice and Referral -- confidential advice and information related to disability issues * telephone service * limited representation in test case litigation * representation for individuals in priority cases * collect calls accepted * public speaking * law reform initiatives * adaptive technology workstations for Internet access, Monday-Friday 10 am-4 pm * electronic newsletter * funded by Legal Aid Ontario
Hours COVID19 -- office closed but staff working remotely * call or email, no access to TTY

Mon-Fri 9 am-1 pm, 2 pm-5 pm; no intake on Thursdays
Areas Served Ontario
Boundaries Ontario
Eligibility People with disabilities * must meet financial and case eligibility guidelines
Application Call to speak with Intake Coordinator and Human Rights Worker
Languages English ; American Sign Language (ASL) - (interpreters by appointment) ; interpreters available in other languages by appointment
Fees None
Service Categories Community Legal Clinics ; Legal Counselling ~ People With Disabilities ; Legal Information Services ~ Disabilities Issues ; Legal Representation ~ People With Disabilities ; Legislative Advocacy ~ Disabilities Issues ; Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Disabilities ; Public Internet Access Sites ~ People With Disabilities
Contact Information
Office Phone 416-482-8255
Toll Free Phone 1-866-482-2724
TTY Phone 416-482-1254 ; 1-866-482-2728
Fax 416-482-2981 ; 1-866-881-2723
E-Mail archintake@lao.on.ca
Website www.archdisabilitylaw.ca
Social Media Facebook Twitter
Primary Contact Intake Coordinator and Human Rights Worker
Primary Executive Robert Lattanzio, Executive Director
Other Details
Funding Regional / Municipal - Community Service Partnerships (CSP)