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.
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. It can also cover routine financial affairs and legal matters.
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.
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. Find links below—after you determine the path that fits.
The types of Representation Agreements relate to the TWO PATHS for personal planning.
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—you are on 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))
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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 had a disability at birth (special needs).
- An adult who had a serious illness or injury as a minor child that affected their mental capability.
- An older adult who was considered capable of understanding earlier in their life, but did not make any legal planning documents and needs help now due to a serious illness or injury—such as a stroke, advanced dementia, or other condition.
For information on obtaining the Representation Agreement form that fits your situation, click on the appropriate link above.