Where to Get Help for Power of Attorney
|This information applies to British Columbia, Canada. Last reviewed for legal accuracy by Kevin Smith in March 2017.|
Access Pro Bono
Volunteer lawyers provide free legal advice to qualifying persons who cannot obtain legal aid or afford a lawyer.
- Lower Mainland: 604-878-7400
- Toll-free: 1-877-762-6664
Alzheimer Society of BC
Provides information and support to families, individuals and caregivers to alleviate the personal and social consequences of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
A website offering one-stop access to legal information, education and help for British Columbians from trusted organizations.
Lawyer Referral Service
A service from the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch that offers referrals to lawyers who can provide up to a half-hour consultation for $25.
Law Students’ Legal Advice Program Clinics
Law students from the University of British Columbia offer free legal help with some legal matters.
Legal Services Society Call Centre
Can answer legal questions and direct people to other information or services that can help them solve their legal problems. They do not give legal advice.
- Lower Mainland: 604-408-2172
- Toll-free: 1-866-577-2525
Ministry of Justice
Provides information about planning for incapacity, including an enduring power of attorney form.
From Legal Services Society, the agency that provides legal aid in British Columbia, MyLawBC is an online resource that provides information about personal planning documents such as powers of attorney and representation agreements. The site features “guided pathways” in which you are asked a series of questions, and based on your answers, you are provided with an action plan of what planning documents you need, and how to get them.
Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre and Registry
Provides detailed information about enduring powers of attorney, representation agreements, and advance directives.
Public Guardian and Trustee of BC
This public body can investigate the misuse of a power of attorney where the adult has become mentally incapable. It also provides financial management and legal decision-making for vulnerable adults.
- 700 - 808 West Hastings Street
- Vancouver, BC V6C 3L3
Self Counsel Press
Self Counsel Press publishes do-it-yourself guides on legal topics for BC, including a Power of Attorney Kit.
Society of Notaries Public of BC
A notary public can help with making a power of attorney. The Society of Notaries Public of BC offers a list of notaries in the province.
- Lower Mainland: 604-681-4516
- Toll-free: 1-800-663-0343
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