How is this document different from a “Living Will”?
A living will was what some people used in BC, and may still use, to set out their end-of-life decisions so that their doctors and family or friends knew their wishes with respect to receiving certain “heroic” measures to save their life. A representation agreement normally does contain what could be considered a “living will” clause in the sense that it often contains details that set out these end-of-life decisions. The key difference is that a living will direction was not enforceable at law without a great deal of effort. An end-of-life direction set out in a representation agreement is legally enforceable and unalterable by family members who may object to the decision.
- Do I need a power of attorney?
- Who should I appoint as my attorney?
- What can an attorney do for me?
- Can I terminate the appointment of an attorney?
- What are the risks in appointing someone as an attorney?
- Are there rules that an attorney must follow?
- What is a representation agreement?
- How is this document different from, or similar to, a will or a power of attorney?
- What matters are normally set out in a representation agreement?
- The person you appoint is your “substitute decision maker”. What does this mean and who should I appoint?
- Should I appoint more than one person as my substitute decision maker?
- How is this document different from a “Living Will”?
- Can I terminate this agreement or change the person I appoint in it?