Why would I need guardianship of property?
- Peace of mind
- Ability to control finances
- Ensure bills are paid
- Authority to sell property to free up funds for care
- Apply for funding supports
- Deal with CRA
- Manage disability cheques, Passport, ODSP pensions, etc.
- Prevent loved one from mismanaging money
What is Guardianship?
Guardianship in Ontario is a legal authority to make decisions for someone else. It is different than powers of attorney. But don't worry, we explain the differences in our free lessons!
This course is all about adult guardianship over property - who needs one, who can be one, and, where possible, how to do it without hiring a lawyer.
Does your loved one need a guardian?
An adult (18+) who lacks capacity to manage property may need a guardian of property. This can include adults with developmental disabilities, dementia and serious mental illnesses. It can also include adults who have been in a traumatic accident and have experienced cognitive impairment.
It is possible for people to regain capacity in the future and in such case, the guardianship does not necessarily have to be in place forever.
If your loved one requires a guardian for both property and personal care, then a court-appointed guardianship is the only option. In such case, we suggest that you seek legal advice from a guardianship lawyer.
You can visit our firm website at http://guardianshiplawyer.ca/.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How long do I have access to the course?
Once you've enrolled and paid, you'll have access to the course material for as long as you need. So devour it all in one weekend or take things slow. It's your choice! But please note, if too much time has passed it is possible the laws will change and the course will become outdated. We will strive to monitor this but cannot make any guarantees.
What if I'm unhappy with my purchase?
Please let us know if you identify any issues so that we can address the situation and make changes to the course.
I still have a question, how can I contact you?
If you are seeking legal advice, you can book an appointment and we can set up a time to meet. There will be a separate fee for any legal services obtained outside of the course you have purchased.
Is this course for me if my loved one already has a guardian?
If the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee ("PGT") is your loved one's guardian of property, this course provides information on how to replace the PGT as guardian of property.
If someone other than the PGT is guardian (such as a friend or relative), this course is not for you. In such case you will have to go to court to seek guardianship.
If I take this course, are you my lawyer?
Signing up for this course does NOT make us your lawyer. You will not be providing us with any information about your case, and we will not be providing you with any legal advice. This course was created as an alternative to people seeking legal advice where the situation is straightforward and there is no conflict. If you prefer to receive legal advice from a lawyer, please contact us and we will enter into a Retainer Agreement that sets out the scope of work and fees.
Will I have access to updates made to this course?
As we update this course, you will have full access to all new material.