Drafting the Power of Attorney for Clients
Power of Attorney
Under an Advance Directive (BC Health Care (Consent) and Care Facility (Admission) Act), you provide explicit instructions regarding the level of treatment that health care providers are allowed to administer to you in attempting to resuscitate or in applying other medical procedures. It is preferred however that you would have a representative under a Representation Agreement making those decisions, since changes or advances in procedures may occur between the time you make the Advance Directive and the time that the proposed use on you of the treatment in issue arises.
However, some people want to be sure of the type and extent of treatment that can ever be performed on them. Therefore, they believe in making definite instructions pertaining to their treatment in form of an Advance Directive and not let a representative take that crucial decision on their behalf.