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Representation agreements and powers of attorney

When you are thinking about how to plan for your estate needs in British Columbia, it is important for you to consider what will happen in the event you are incapacitated and no longer able to make financial or health care decisions for yourself. If you do not plan ahead, your family and loved ones may be forced to seek an order from the court simply to be able to care for you.

Including powers of attorney and representation agreements is a smart way for you to plan for the unexpected. With these agreements, you can define the type of health care you desire to receive while also giving clear direction for treatment you wish to forgo in the event you are incapacitated and unable to voice your opinion or consent for treatment.

Representation agreements are equally important as you can use them to assign your rights regarding financial decision-making to a trusted third party. You may wrongly assume that your spouse will automatically be able to make health care and financial decisions for you without any documents, but that is not always the case. Without the documents, your family may be left scrambling, unable to access your accounts and unable to carry on your business while you are incapacitated.

Our wills and estates lawyers help our clients draft legally sound and thorough powers of attorney and representation agreements that can give both them and their families peace of mind. We understand the need for thorough estate plans that include the appropriate legal documents to address all aspects of our clients' estate plans. We help our clients plan for the worst so they can save their families the stress of litigation. If you have additional questions, you may want to review our powers of attorney page.

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