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Legal Information for Indigenous People

S.H.E.D. Society of Bella Coola

This booklet provides basic & accessible legal information for Indigenous people facing legal issues, incl. the justice systems, children & families, rights & protections, death & taxes, income security, and class actions. It explains how the laws can vary for people based on their Indigeneity.

Last reviewed July 2024
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Enduring Power of Attorney Fact Sheet

Nidus Registry

Explains an enduring power of attorney, which is a type of POA that continues even if you become incapable after you make it.

Last reviewed March 2024
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Dial-a-Law: Committeeship

People’s Law School

Provides information about committee — a last resort option when someone becomes mentally incapable. It explains the types and responsibilities of committees. Other topics include how committeeship works, how committees are appointed, and how to apply to become a committee.

Last reviewed March 2024
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Cam and Sally’s Story and Getting Your Affairs in Order: Legal Planning and the Dementia Journey

Alzheimer Society of BC

Learn about the important legal issues that affect people with dementia and their families. Follow Cam and Sally’s story as one family’s experience using the law.

Last reviewed March 2024
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Advance Care Planning

Government of British Columbia

Advance care planning involves thinking about your health care preferences and letting your family, friends, and health care providers know. An Advance Care Plan documents your wishes for future treatment if you can’t express them yourself as well as who will take care of your personal and financial matters. Includes a downloadable PDF guide.

Last reviewed March 2024
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Dial-a-Law: Adults and Consent to Health Care

People’s Law School

Generally speaking, adults can only be given health care with their consent. We explain consent, and the exceptions to this general rule, including what happens when someone is mentally incapable.

Last reviewed March 2024
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Aboriginal Health Advance Care Planning: Respecting Aboriginal Ceremonies and Rites

Government of British Columbia

This brochure tells you about advance care planning from the Aboriginal perspective, why it is important, and what to do with it.

Last reviewed March 2024
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A Planning Primer

People’s Law School

Essential information you should know when preparing for your future. Learn your options for planning for your future financial, legal, health care, and personal care needs.

Last reviewed March 2024
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Representation Agreements

People’s Law School

Presenters in this webinar discuss what you need to know about representation agreements.

Last reviewed March 2024
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Representation Agreement Resource: Procedures to Revoke (Cancel) a Representation Agreement

Nidus Registry

Explains what is legally required for a valid revocation (cancellation) of an existing representation agreement. Note that making a new agreement does not automatically revoke a previous one. A Notice of Revocation form is also provided.

Last reviewed March 2024