About this pathway

If there ever comes a time where you can't act independently — for example, if you get dementia, or have a stroke or a car accident — someone will need to make decisions for you.

You can have documents in place before you become incapable, so that someone you trust has the right to help you make decisions or act for you.

There are also documents you can make even if you're already having difficulty managing some aspects of your life and your mental capability is in question.

If you are getting help from a lawyer or notary, you can now also have enduring powers of attorney and representation agreements witnessed electronically until the state of emergency is cancelled or expires. The parties concerned can use technology like Skype, FaceTime, Zoom, Teams, or other methods to witness signatures.

For enduring powers of attorney, the witness and the adult making the enduring power of attorney (and, if applicable, the person signing the enduring power of attorney on behalf of the adult making the enduring power of attorney) must be in each other's electronic presence and one of the witnesses must be a lawyer or notary.

For representation agreements, the witness and the adult making the representation agreement (and, if applicable, the person signing the representation agreement on behalf of the adult making the representation agreement) must be in each other's electronic presence and one of the witnesses must be a lawyer or notary.

Please see Ministerial Order M162 for more details. A notary or lawyer can guide you with the electronic signing process.

This guided pathway asks you questions to help you find the right documents for your situation. You'll get a downloadable PDF action plan based on your answers, with all the different documents you need, and the best available resources to help you.

This pathway takes about 20 minutes to complete. Your answers are anonymous. See our privacy policy for more information.

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Notaries are qualified to do personal planning documents.

Society of Notaries Public of BC
604-681-4516 (Greater Vancouver)
1-800-663-0343 (elsewhere in BC)

A lawyer can help you complete your personal planning documents.

Lawyer Referral Service
604-687-3221 (Greater Vancouver)
1-800-663-1919 (elsewhere in BC)