Common QuestionsShould I have an enduring power of attorney or a representation agreement?
A power of attorney is a document that appoints another person, called an "attorney," to make financial and legal decisions for you. An enduring power of attorney allows your attorney to make financial and legal decisions for you if you become mentally incapable because of accident or illness. But your attorney can't make health care decisions for you. To deal with health care decisions, you can make what is called a representation agreement.
Good starting points include:
- Power of Attorney and Representation Agreements, from the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch, provides an overview of what a power of attorney and a representation agreement can do and when you might want to use them.
- LSLAP Manual: Guardianship, from the UBC Law Students Legal Advice Program, has a detailed section on power of attorney, including enduring power of attorney. It also has a section on representation agreements.
Need more help?
- Nidus In-Person or Phone Appointments, from the Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre and Registry, will help you determine which documents fit your situation. Appointments are 20 minutes for a fee of $25, sliding scale for low-income.
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