Family members or close friends of an adult who needs support will be notified by mail when someone files a decision-maker application.
An adult who's lost the capacity to make decisions needs support. A court order is needed for someone to help the adult by acting as:
- an adult guardian for their personal decisions
- a trustee for their financial decisions
- a co-decision-maker with their personal decisions
- both guardian and trustee for all their decisions
When you get a notice
If an adult family member or friend doesn’t have the capacity to make decisions, you might get a notice someone has applied to the court to:
- become a decision-maker for the adult
- review their existing role as a decision-maker
When you get your notice, you can choose to:
- support the application by ignoring the notice
- oppose the application by responding to the notice
If you oppose the application, you’ll have a chance to voice your concerns and object to the application in court if you think it’s not in the incapable adult’s best interests.
Types of notices
Ignore the notice if you don't oppose the application
If you get a letter
A court hearing is already scheduled.
To oppose the application, you or your lawyer must attend the hearing to voice your concerns.
If you get a form and letter
A court hearing is not scheduled.
To oppose the application, you must ask for a court hearing by following these steps.
Step 1. Fill out the form
Form 31: Request for Hearing (PDF, 34 KB)
Step 2. Submit the form
File the form with the OPGT review officer - their contact information will be in the letter.
Step 3. Wait for a hearing date
A letter will be sent to all interested parties involved informing them of the hearing date.
Step 4. Go to the hearing
The person who opposed the application, or their lawyer, must appear in court on the date of the hearing to voice their concerns.