What is a representation agreement?
A representation agreement is a legal document based on BC legislation that allows a person to appoint someone else to make personal and health care decisions for them usually when the appointing person is unable to instruct a doctor or caregiver. This document acts like a medical power of attorney, and can even include limited financial instructions. You not only choose the person to provide instructions on your behalf when you are unable to do so, but you can also set out your care and medical instructions for your appointee to follow. These instructions can be general or can specify precisely what medical procedures you wish to have or wish not to have.
- 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?