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How can I help a person who cannot manage their own affairs?

Last reviewed in August 2018 by the Clicklaw Editors and Seniors First BC

If you are currently helping care for an adult 19 years of age or older who needs assistance with decision making due to dementia, stroke, developmental disability or other condition that has affected their mental capability, there are a few options.

Good starting points include:
  • Adult Guardianship in BC: Private Committeeship and Statutory (Public) Guardianship, from Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre and Registry, explains why guardianship happens to adults and how seniors are vulnerable. Learn the differences between private and statutory (the government/state) guardianship. Find out how the Representation Agreement is a legal alternative to adult guardianship. It explains that in BC, adult guardianship is intended to be the last resort.
  • Committeeship, from People's Law School, explains what a committee is, what committeeship involves, and what your responsibilities are as a committee.

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