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An adult who has 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
Types of notices
Disregard the notice if you don't oppose the application
If you get a Notice of Application
A court hearing is not scheduled.
To oppose the application, you must ask for a court hearing – by the deadline that is in the Notice of Application – by following these steps:
Step 1. Fill out the form
Form 31: Request for Hearing (PDF, 34 KB)
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Step 2. Submit the form
Send the form to 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.
If you get a Notice of Application and Hearing
A court hearing is already scheduled.
If you oppose the application, you or your lawyer must attend the hearing to voice your concerns.