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12 (1) An adult who issues a representation contract containing a provision approved in Section 7, paragraph 1, point b), designates, in that agreement, as a custodian, a person who meets the requirements of the subsection (4), unless 15 (1) A representation agreement enters into force on the date on which it is executed, unless the agreement provides for whether it or a provision of it takes effect at a later date. you can revoke (cancel) your representation contract. The Representation Agreement Act sets specific requirements for revocation. Creating a new representation agreement does NOT automatically revoke your precedent. You can give your lawyer broad powers or limit the power you give them. Many people use limited power when they cannot take care of their own affairs because they are on the road or because they are injured. For example, if you are leaving the country for a period of time and want someone to deal with your bank accounts, you can prepare a limited power of attorney. A power of attorney is the main planning document used to give another person (called “lawyer”) the legal authority to take care of your financial affairs for you if you need help at the end in this area. (There are different types of proxies, but a “permanent” power of attorney is the type used for advance disability planning. In fact, it goes on — or it supports — when you become incompetent.) However, a warrant gives your lawyer the power to deal only with your financial and legal affairs. It does not allow them to make decisions about your personal and health care. For example, a warrant would not allow your lawyer to accept health care on your behalf or make decisions about where or with whom you will live.

3. Where all or part of the same area of jurisdiction is assigned to two or more representatives in accordance with subsection 2 (b), they must, in the exercise of that power, act unanimously, unless the representation agreement otherwise has them. Representation agreements signed prior to the update of the law (September 1, 2011) remain generally valid. All representation agreements signed on September 1, 2011 must follow the updated law. Permanent power of attorney is prevalent. Section 7 of the Act allows you to enter into a basic representation agreement that covers your daily life. In a Section 7 agreement, you can authorize your representatives to help you make decisions or make decisions on your behalf on any of the following: Any adult 19 years of age or older who is able to enter into a representation agreement can do so. Mental capacity is the ability to make sound decisions.

A capable person must understand the context or nature of a decision and appreciate the possible consequences of a decision. Under THE BC act, every adult is capable of abilities. This means that, as long as there is no other evidence, a court considers that a person is in a position to make his or her own medical and financial decisions. It is important to note that capacity is a legal term and applies to the particular decision that needs to be made. Some people with reduced capacity may not be able to make some decisions, but may be able to make others.