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Information Sheet

The Role of an Attorney for Personal Care


The purpose of this fact sheet to explain the important role of an attorney for personal care. It explains what is involved in being an attorney for personal care, what the attorney is allowed to do and how the attorney is supposed to meet his or her obligations to an incapable person. 

The powers and duties of an attorney for personal care are fully set out in the Substitute Decisions Act, 1992 and the Health Care Consent Act, 1996. This fact sheet is a summary only. It is not legal advice, and if you have questions about how to interpret this information, you should consult with a lawyer.