Co-decision-making review - Alberta Human Services - Government of Alberta

Co-decision-making review

When you become a co-decision-maker, the court may set a date to review the file to ensure the arrangement is working well.

What’s important to know

  • Not all co-decision-making orders are reviewed. If the court expects you to do a review, it will say so on the court order and it will list a date. It’s important that you complete the review before this date.
  • Applying for a review is similar to making an initial application. It’s important that your application is filled out properly.

A co-decision-making review happens in 3 situations:

  1. When you become a co-decision-maker, the court may set a date to review the file. It’s up to you to apply for a co-decision-making review before the date listed on the court order.

    You don’t have to wait until the date on the court order. You can apply for a review at any time.

    If you miss your review date, you continue as co-decision-maker. However, the court may end the order or appoint someone else. Also, it may be difficult for the adult to access some services without an up-to-date co-decision-making order.
     
  2. If you can’t continue to be the co-decision-maker, and if there’s no one else listed in the court order as an alternate, you can apply for a co-decision-making review and ask the court to appoint someone else.
     
  3. If you need to make changes to the co-decision-making order, you should ask for a review. For example, if the adult’s capacity to make decisions changes significantly, you might need to end the arrangement or change the areas in which you have authority to make decisions.

Show Answer What's an example?

If you are unable to continue as co-decision-maker for your spouse, you can have your adult son or daughter replace you. Your spouse, along with your son or daughter, has to agree to this arrangement, and you have to apply to the court for a co-decision-making review.

Show Answer How long does it take?

Once you submit a complete and accurate application, it usually takes three to six months before the paperwork is finalized and the court makes a decision.

Show Answer Is there a cost?

You pay a court filing fee of $50 when you submit your application.

If the court has requested the review, you need an updated capacity assessment. This applies even if the adult has a permanent condition.

Find a capacity assessor

If these costs are a financial hardship for you, contact the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee for more information.

If you are requesting a review because you need to make a change to the court order, you may not need an updated capacity assessment. Talk with the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee to find out.

If you use a lawyer to complete your application, they can charge legal fees.

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Modified: 2015-05-28
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