Laws Impacting the Exercise of Legal Capacity

  • Laws (legislation) which regulate legal capacity cover the following areas:
    • Guardianship
    • Powers of attorney
    • Legal recognition of support people
    • Health care decisions
    • Adult protection
  • These laws are all provincial/territorial and are different in each jurisdiction
  • Caselaw
    • Example – Starson v. Swayze, Supreme Court of Canada, 2013 (capacity to make treatment decisions)

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