I Decide Law Program

About I Decide Law ProgramTM 

What began as free legal services for low-income residents of Windsor-Essex and the GTA living with an intellectual disability, the I Decide Law ProgramTM has now grown into a province-wide pro bono initiative. We are grateful to People First of Ontario, who helped us with our initial expansion of services into the GTA. We are now pleased to offer these services across Ontario. 

The Goal

We advocate for the decision-making rights of people who have intellectual disabilities. Through legal education and direct services, we aim to promote self-directed decisions and future planning.  For example, we have helped our clients to end guardianship orders, to create their own Powers of Attorney and Wills, and to address and remedy abuse in various forms, including financial, sexual, and physical abuse.  More recently, we have worked collaboratively with professionals from diverse backgrounds in order to develop plain language materials and communication tools to facilitate access to our legal services.

Our Services

  • Decision-making rights
  • Making Powers of Attorney
  • Challenging Guardianship
  • Consent and capacity for healthcare treatment
  • Preventing and reporting abuse and exploitation (including financial abuse and human trafficking)
  • Person-directed planning
  • Reduced rates on Wills
  • Legal education training sessions

Who is Eligible?

Residents of Ontario who have:

  • lower incomes (would qualify for legal aid services), and
  • an intellectual disability and/or acquired brain injury

 If we can be of assistance, please contact our office by phone at 416-860-7572 or by email at info@pooranlaw.com.