Introduction to Power of Attorney

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Power of Attorney tells you how a power of attorney can be used to give someone the authority to take care of your financial and legal affairs. It explains the types of power of attorney, who can be an attorney, their powers and responsibilities as attorney, and how to end such an arrangement.

We have tried to use clear language throughout. See the "Glossary" section for definitions of key legal terms, which are also bolded in the text.

Copyright & disclaimer

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At People's Law School, we believe accurate, plain English information can help people take action to work out their legal problems. This publication explains in a general way the law that applies in British Columbia, Canada. It is not intended as legal advice. For help with a specific legal problem, contact a legal professional. Some sources of legal help are highlighted in the "Where to Get Help" section.

Contributors & acknowledgements

Contributors to this publication:

  • Legal review: Kevin Smith
  • Writing, editing and layout: Veronica Lorimer, Drew Jackson, Bruce Grierson, and Elena Renderos

This publication was made possible through the financial support of the Law Foundation of BC, the Notary Foundation of BC, the Department of Justice Canada, and the Province of British Columbia.

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