Where to Get Help for Powers of Attorney

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This information applies to British Columbia, Canada. Last reviewed for legal accuracy by Kevin Smith in March 2019.

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 of Access Pro Bono, offering referrals to lawyers who can provide a free half-hour consultation.

Lower Mainland: 604-687-3221
Toll-free: 1-800-663-1919

Law Students’ Legal Advice Program Clinics

Law students from the University of British Columbia offer free legal help with some legal matters, including wills, powers of attorney, and representation agreements for people with low incomes.


Ministry of Health

Provides information about planning for incapacity, including an enduring power of attorney form.



An online resource that guides you through a series of questions, and based on your answers, tells you what planning documents you need (including powers of attorney).


Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre and Registry

Provides detailed information about enduring powers of attorney and other planning documents.


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.


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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