How is this document different from, or similar to, a will or a power of attorney?
A will sets out instructions for what happens when you die. A power of attorney in BC is limited to making decisions that are not for your personal or health care. A representation agreement is a legally binding document in which you appoint another person or persons to speak with medical and health care representatives your behalf and make decisions on your behalf. The doctors or caregivers are legally obligated to follow the decisions of the appointed person, even if this person is refusing care or making end-of-life decisions for you.
- 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?