A Representation Agreement appoints a representative, or multiple representatives, to make decisions regarding an individual's health and personal care in the event they are unable to communicate their own wishes. Depending on how the Representation Agreement is prepared, a designated representative's authority can include:
- routine finances
- decisions regarding healthcare, personal care, and limited legal affairs
- refusal or consent to life support treatment and care
- consent to less common medical procedures/treatment
- consent to treatment the Adult approved while capable but since losing capacity has refused to consent
- deciding on living arrangements for the Adult including choosing a care facility
A Notary can help determine the appropriate scope for specific representative(s).
Who should have a Representation Agreement?
Any adult who wants to ensure that a specific person or persons are appointed to make decisions for them, especially if they have no spouse; or no spouse and no children, or if their children are in conflict with one another or would not be good decision makers.