A Representation Agreement is the key legal document in British Columbia for personal planning/advance care planning. It is a legally enforceable document and used in case of incapacity, for end-of-life, and other support needs.
There are two types of Representation Agreements (RA7 or RA9). They are different and the one to make depends on your mental capability at the time of making it. The first step is determine the PATH that fits. See details and links below.
You must be an adult (19 years or older) to make a Representation Agreement.
A representative has legal authority to help you manage your affairs and carry out your wishes if you need temporary or ongoing assistance — due to illness, injury or disability.
A Representation Agreement is the only way to authorize someone — called your representative — to assist you or to act on your behalf for health care and personal care matters. Some might use it to cover routine financial affairs and legal matters.
Read below to determine what path and type of Agreement fits your situation.
The types of Representation Agreements relate to the TWO PATHS for personal planning. You can read about the two paths in an introductory fact sheet with examples Let’s Plan.
If you are mentally capable of understanding the nature of what is covered in the legal planning document you are making and the effect of authorizing someone to act on your behalf for health and personal care—click for the future path.
- You will make a Representation Agreement Section 9 (RA9) for health and personal care.
- To cover your finances, you can make an Enduring Power of Attorney. (Some adults might be able to use the routine finances in the Representation Agreement Section 7 (RA7 F+L))
NEED HELP TODAY PATH
If you are helping an adult whose mental capability is in question—you can help them make a Representation Agreement Section 7 (RA7). It can cover routine finances as well as minor and major health care and personal care, called an RA7 All. For example:
- An adult who has a disability from birth or childhood that affects their mental capability. For more details and a link to forms, click helping a son/daughter with a disability.
- An adult whose capability is affected temporarily or ongoing by a serious illness or injury – such as a stroke, advanced dementia, or other condition – after they became an adult. These adults are not considered capable of understanding the nature and effect of making the documents on the future path. Click for spouse/parent/friend who needs help today.
For information on obtaining the Representation Agreement form that fits your situation, click on the appropriate link above.