Booklet on powers of attorney now updated

April 12, 2019

We’ve updated our popular Power of Attorney booklet. This title is for British Columbians who want to give someone the legal power to take care of their financial and legal matters — now or in the future. It explains the types of powers of attorney, who can be an attorney, and their powers and responsibilities.

“I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome in the fall. Sure, I could still calculate how much I owe the credit card company, if you asked me to. But I just don’t have the energy to juggle my everyday finances. I appointed my sister as attorney to help me get by while I focus on my health.”

– Akira, Burnaby, BC

This update to Power of Attorney features:

  • Updated content. The booklet is now current to March 2019.

  • More practical guidance. More tips, more user stories, and more step-by-step guidance to help you understand your options and take action in preparing your power of attorney.

  • Our fresh new look. This update features our new look for People’s Law School booklets, with a more readable font and layout.

The updated booklet is available now on Clicklaw Wikibooks and as a PDF download. If you wish to order multiple copies of the print booklet, you can do so from Crown Publications.

Many thanks to our legal reviewer Kevin Smith for reviewing this update for legal accuracy.

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