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

Last reviewed in October 2021 by the Clicklaw Editors.

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.

Need more help?

  • Personal Help, from Nidus, provides free information, assistance, and practical tips on personal planning by phone or email to seniors and people in long-term care.
  • Seniors' Legal Clinics, from Seniors First BC, offers free legal consultations for seniors age 55+ (with low-income or other barriers).
  • Lawyer Referral Service, from Access Pro Bono, helps you connect with a lawyer for a free initial consultation of up to 30 minutes. If you'd like further help from the lawyer, you can retain them at an agreeable rate of charge.
  • Find more help near you on Clicklaw HelpMap.

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