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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."

Legal Services

Advocacy Centre for the Elderly (ACE)

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

HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO)

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


Connects low to middle income individuals with legal professionals – lawyers, mediators and paralegals- who have agreed to work at a reduced rate. In order to use JusticeNet, individuals must make a net family income that is no higher than $59,000 per year.

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.

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.

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 representation is provided. Provides lawyer referral services for people with disabilities through a network of lawyers who volunteer.

Other Services

ARCH Disability Law Centre

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

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 individuals who have no one else to do so; and can investigate situations where an incapable person may be at risk of abuse or neglect