Representation Agreements

Representation Agreements are documents similar to a Power of Attorney, but used to assist someone to make personal health care and medical decisions; including providing or withholding consent for specific medical procedures. A Representation Agreement is important to confirm who you want, and who you do not want to make medical decisions on your behalf.

Representation Agreements appoint a representative, or multiple representatives, to make decisions regarding an individual’s health and personal care in the event they are unable to communicate their own wishes. Depending on how the Representation Agreement is prepared, a designated representative’s authority can include:

  • decisions regarding healthcare, personal care
  • refusal or consent to life support treatment and care
  • consent to less common medical procedures/treatment
  • consent to treatment the Adult approved while capable but since losing capacity has refused to consent
  • deciding on living arrangements for the Adult including choosing a care facility

We can help you to determine the appropriate scope for specific representative(s).

Who should have a Representation Agreement?

Any adult who wants to ensure that a specific person or persons are appointed to make decisions for them, especially if they have no spouse; or no spouse and no children, or if their children are in conflict with one another or would not be good decision makers.

Representation Agreements vs. a Living Will

A Living Will states how someone, in the event of mental incapacity, terminal illness, or catastrophic injury, would like to be treated. A Living Will could, for example, state that someone would prefer to die with a minimum amount of medical interference beyond pain medication. While in the past, Living Wills were just a guideline for doctors and loved ones, as of the enactment of the Representation Act, Living Wills can be incorporated into a Representation Agreement.

At Uptown Notaries, we can help people in Burnaby, New West, Coquitlam or the Tri-Cities develop a Representation Agreement that suits their needs and their family situation so that these tough decisions are made with as much of your input as possible.

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