Living Will

A "Living Will" is a document intended to dictate the health treatment preferences of its author should they become mentally incapable.

However, Living Wills are not recognized in British Columbia.  

Instead, BC legislation provides the individual with a "Representation Agreement" that is sometimes paired with an "Enduring Power of Attorney".

A "Representation Agreement" allows you to appoint someone to make financial, legal, health and personal care decisions for you if you can't. The Representation Agreement addresses all powers of attorney – health care, financial and property – in one document. 

A representation agreement has no effect unless it is registered by the registrar in accordance with the regulations in the act. However, a proxy may exercise the authority in the agreement even before it is registered if it is necessary to protect the patient's interests.

Helpful Resources:

It’s Your Choice: Personal Planning Tools
published by the Public Guardian and Trustee of BC

Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre and Registry 
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