Why are banks and credit unions refusing to honour Representation Agreements for financial and legal affairs?
Why are health authorities and the Ministry of Health (Health Link) promoting the Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment (M.O.S.T.) form instead of Representation Agreements?
Accessibility is crucial for effective and reliable planning. A properly drafted and understandable Representation Agreement is key to following through on an adult’s wishes.
Unfortunately, much of the education and accompanying legal forms being promoted are not accessible. For example:
Many community organizations, including those who provide legal services for low-income seniors, perpetuate the problem by promoting and using the same or similar materials.
Nidus recommends that the Ministry of Health work with Nidus to ensure clarity in the delivery of education to the public and health professionals on planning for end-of-life care.
Nidus has repeatedly offered free education and training to financial institutions in BC. The Representation Agreement Section 7 (RA7) offers many more safeguards than a Power of Attorney and has a standardized format. Nidus recommends that the Canadian Bankers Association and Central One (credit unions) collaborate with Nidus on strategies to promote education and best practices with its member institutions on personal planning in BC.
Registry Fact Sheet: Personal Planning Documents
Nidus partnered with BC Courthouse Libraries to raise awareness about BC’s essential legal planning documents and the Nidus Registry. The kick off event was held on September 15th at the Vancouver Public Library CentralBranch with a panel of experts in the field. Questions that were submitted will be answered in a series of posts by Nidus and various panel members. To see photos from the event click Gallery; and click Registry Sing-a-long for the fun of it!