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A Power of Attorney is a legal document evidencing the authority granted by one person (the Adult) to another (the attorney) to act on his/her behalf in legal and financial matters.   This useful tool is the easiest and the least expensive way to ensure that someone will be able to look after your affairs in case of travel, injury, or mental incapacity.

Your attorney does not mean a lawyer.   He or she is your agent, appointed by you to work in your complete best interest.  A Power of Attorney is only used while you are still alive.  With no power source, there would be no power.   Upon death, a Will takes over for the estate left behind.  You and your Attorney must be 19 years of age or old.


A Power of Attorney can be general or limited.   A General Power of Attorney gives your attorney the power to do anything you can legally and financially do for yourself.   A Limited Power of Attorney can specify what you want your attorney to do and for what period of time.

You can cancel or revoke your Power of Attorney at any time by sending a written notice to your attorney and any organization or individuals that deal with your attorney.

An Enduring Power of Attorney means that the powers granted by you in your Power of Attorney will continue even if you become mentally incapacitated.   

It is important to have an Enduring Power of Attorney before there is a crisis.   You are free to manage your own affairs for as long as you are capable.   However, in the unfortunate event that you have a stroke or a brain injury, no one, not even your spouse, would be able to handle your financial or legal affairs unless you have an Enduring Power of Attorney.   Degenerative diseases such as Dementia or Alzheimer’s can also render you mentally incapable and require someone to act on your behalf. 

The Power of Attorney Act has been amended as of September 1, 2011.  Any Power of Attorney made before this date will continue to be in effect and does not require to be re-done.   There are new restrictions and duties for your attorney under the new legislation.   We will be pleased to review your existing document and to provide you with information on the changes.

While a Power of Attorney is only for authority over another person’s financial and legal affairs, a Representation Agreement allows others to act for you in health and personal care matters.  

Adults in British Columbia can plan for their future health and personal care matters by appointing a representative who can support and assist them.  Representatives can help you manage your affairs and make decisions on your behalf in case of illness or disability. 

Like the Enduring Power of Attorney, it is advisable to have a Representation Agreement before a crisis occurs.   Anyone 19 years of age or older can make a Representation Agreement for themselves.   Whether you need help today or in the future, it is worth considering.

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