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:

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.


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