How to Be a Power of Attorney in Ontario – A Free Course for Everyone

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With support from The Law Foundation of Ontario, and the University of Toronto, Factor-Inwentash School of Social Work, Institute for Life Course and Aging, CanAge has launched the Powers of Attorney course series! How to Be a Power of Attorney in Ontario – A Free Course for Everyone.

Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge (Canada’s National Seniors’ Advocacy Organization) will create a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) to teach everyday Ontarians how to be an Attorney appointed by a Power of Attorney for Personal Care and/or Property.  Course Modules are outlined below:

● Choosing an Attorney

● Pros and Cons of accepting the position of an Attorney – is it right for you?

● What do you have to do as an Attorney for Property / Personal Care?

● Mental Capacity – theirs and yours!

● How to start acting as an Attorney and what does this mean?

● Consent – what does it mean for a substitute decision-maker & how do you do it?

● Working with Banks and Financial Institutions

● Working with Health Care Professionals

● Skills in managing conflict with family

● What if you are a joint attorney?  How to work together -joint and several roles

● How do I take a matter to the Consent and Capacity Board?  What does it do?

● How do I take a matter to Court? Pros and Cons

● Giving up the job – Removing yourself as an Attorney

● Elder Abuse and Neglect 

● Trust Accounting for Attorneys

● Passing of Accounts

● Being a Monitor or working with one appointed in a POA

● The Role of the Public Guardian and Trustee – and working with them

● The Role of the Courts – what you need to know

● Can I be paid? – how do I charge for my time or for expenses?

● What happens when someone dies?

This MOOC will include course materials, filmed lectures, tip sheets and checklists. Once created, it will be maintained on the University of Toronto server network. The launch Date is July 2021.