** A reminder, however, that the following information regarding representation agreements is not considered legal advice and is general information only. You should contact a lawyer registered to practice in your province to properly advise you. ***
Q: What is a Representation Agreement?
While the Power of Attorney enables you to appoint someone to take care of financial matters for you, a Representation Agreement will enable you to appoint someone to take care of personal and health-care decisions for you.
Q: When is the right time to do a Representation Agreement?
A Representation Agreement should be prepared while you have mental comptency. A letter from your doctor may be required to prevent further complications.
Q: What is the process?
After your appointment, we will draft a multiple page document describing who you are naming as your Representative(s) (and Monitor(s)) and what medical choices you’d like them to make should you be incapable of making them on your own.
You and your Representative(s) (and your Monitor(s)) should review and approve of the Representation Agreement. It is important for all parties to receive independent legal advice. In other words, the Representative and Monitor should seek advice from a different lawyer.
Once the Representation Agreement is approved, then all parties must attend the office to sign the Agreement.
Q: Does the Representative or Monitor get paid?
Both the Representative and Monitor may be reimbursed for all reasonable expenses that they incur but do not get paid for their services.
Q: What is the difference between a Representative and a Monitor?
The Representative makes decisions that you enable within your Representation Agreement. It is optional to appoint a Monitor, who will make sure that the Representative is doing his/her job.
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