Can I change or cancel my Power of Attorney for Personal Care?

Yes. As long as you’re mentally capable of making a Power of Attorney for Personal Care, you can cancel or it, or make a different one.

You might need to do this if your attorney has died or is no longer willing to act. Or, you may want to change your attorney.

A Power of Attorney ends when you die, or if:

  • You revoke or cancel the Power of Attorney while you’re still .
  • Your attorney dies, becomes incapable, or resigns, unless you named more than one attorney or you named a substitute.
  • A court appoints a for you. This might happen if someone is concerned that your attorney is not following your wishes or acting in your best interest. Or, it could happen if your attorney is not able to continue to act for you and you have not named a substitute attorney.
  • You sign a new while you’re .

Get legal help

For legal advice or help with a Power of Attorney for Personal Care, you can talk to an estates lawyer.

If you have a low income, some community legal clinics may be able to give you free legal advice about your Powers of Attorney. 

If you have a low income and live in the Kingston area, you may be able to get help from the Queen’s University Elder Law Clinic.

If you’re not eligible to get help from a community legal clinic and cannot afford to hire a lawyer, there are services such as Axess Law that offer legal services at lower rates.

Pro Bono Ontario’s free legal advice hotline can give you up to 30 minutes of free legal advice about creating Powers of Attorney. Call 1-855-255-7256.

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