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Two people who have lived together for at least one year and who have a close relationship
which is of primary importance in both their lives are considered to be partners.
Personal care includes health care, nutrition, shelter, clothing, hygiene, and safety.
Power of Attorney for Personal Care
A Power of Attorney for Personal Care is a legal document in which one person gives another
person the authority to make personal care decisions on their behalf if they become mentally
The Substitute Decisions Act, 1992 refers to decisions about property management and powers
of attorney for property. “Property” means finances, which include any type of financial
decision or transaction that a person would make in the course of managing his or her income,
spending, assets, and debts. For example, it could include budgeting expenses and paying bills,
doing tax returns, safeguarding valuables, selling real estate, or making loans.
Public Guardian and Trustee
The Public Guardian and Trustee’s role is to act as substitute decision-maker of last resort on
behalf of those mentally incapable people who have no one who is willing or able to act on their
A statutory guardian is a person who is appointed to act on another person’s behalf without going
to court. Statutory guardianship applies only to property or finances; there is no statutory
guardianship for personal care. A statutory guardian can be the Public Guardian and Trustee
(PGT) or someone approved by the PGT to replace the PGT as statutory guardian.
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