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Nidus eRegistry™ Training Manual
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Nidus eRegistry™ and Resource Centre
411 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver BC V6B 1X4 Phone: 604-408-7414 Fax: 604-801-5506 E-mail: info@rarc.ca Website: www.rarc ca

www.nidus.ca
November 2003 The Seniors Gateway to Legal Information and Resources Project is funded by the Law Foundation of BC.

About this Manual
This manual is a supplement to the Seniors’ Legal Information Providers (SLIP) Training Sessions 3 and 4. The manual provides a reference to the topics covered during these training sessions.

Training Objectives
Session 3 Access Internet-based resources to learn about legal Future Care Plans. Utilize these resources for referrals to assist clients with making and registering their legal Future Care Plan. Session 4 Learn how to use on-line forms. Register a sample Legal Future Care Plan with Nidus eRegistry™.

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Table of Contents - Session 3

Page Access Nidus eRegistry www.nidus.ca What is Nidus eRegistry? What is a legal Future Care Plan?  Representation Agreement  Power of Attorney  How does my Living Will fit? Why make a Legal Future Care Plan? Can a legal Plan be changed? Where to refer for assistance with making and registering a legal Plan? 1 2 2 3 3 4 4 4

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Session 3
Access Internet-based resources on legal Future Care Plans
We will use the Nidus eRegistry™ website as starting point to access information on legal Future Care Plans. The Nidus eRegistry™ website is located at www.nidus.ca

 Access Nidus using one of these two choices:
- Type the website address in the address field of your browser

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OR - Use the Google search engine to access the Nidus site

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What is Nidus eRegistry™?

www.nidus.ca

 Click on the link “I’d like more Information”  Go to “More about Nidus” and click on “Read the details”. The Nidus eRegistry™ is a centralized on-line registry for your legal Future Care Plan such as the Representation Agreement and the Enduring Power of Attorney. (Also see publication provided with this manual “What is a legal Future Care Plan?”) Nidus does not create a legal document. Nidus records contact information about the chosen legal decision-maker(s) named in a legal Future Care Plan. Step 1: Make a legal Future Care Plan Step 2: Register the Plan with Nidus Nidus facilitates communication with authorized third parties such as hospitals, financial institutions and government services so they can find out who has legal authority to help a person with decisionmaking. You will learn more details about Nidus in Session 4 of the SLIP Training.

What is a legal future Care Plan?
A legal Future Care Plan is a document in which you name one or more people you trust to assist you with decisions when you need help due to an accident, illness, disability or injury. A Representation Agreement and an Enduring Power of Attorney are used to make a legal Future Care Plan. A legal Future Care Plan is for when you are alive, but need assistance with your affairs. A Will is only for after your death.

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To learn more about Representation Agreements and Enduring Powers of Attorney:  Go to the Nidus Home Page by typing www.nidus.ca into your browser’s address field  Click on the link “Enduring Powers of Attorney and Representation Agreements?”  Under the heading Overview, click on “What is a Representation Agreement?” A Representation Agreement is a legal Plan that says who you give authority to if you need assistance managing your affairs. A Representation Agreement can cover financial and legal matters AND health and personal care matters. A Representation Agreement ends when you die; then your Will takes over.  Close the window about Representation Agreements  Click on “What is a Power of Attorney?” A Power of Attorney is part of a legal Plan that says who you give authority to for managing your financial and legal affairs. (Only a Representation Agreement covers health and personal care matters.) A general Power of Attorney will cover broad financial and legal matters. A specific Power of Attorney will be limited to a time period (e.g. while you are on vacation) or a specific task (e.g. to sell your real estate property) or specific area (e.g. your bank account). An enduring Power of Attorney will include a sentence that says something like: In accordance with the Power of Attorney Act, I declare that this power of attorney may be exercised during any subsequent mental infirmity on my part.
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This means that the general or specific financial and legal powers you give in the document will continue to be effective even if you become mentally incapable. An enduring Power of Attorney ends when you die; then your Will takes over. Power of Attorney without the enduring clause is most commonly used for business purposes. Its powers end if you become incapable.

 Close the window about Enduring Powers of Attorney  Click on “Where does my living will fit?”
A living will fits within the Representation Agreement and generally covers instructions related to refusing life support. There is no ‘Living Will Law’ in British Columbia. The Representation Agreement IS a living will. If you already have an existing living will, you can give it full legal effect and broader scope by making a Representation Agreement.

 Close the window about Living Will Why make a legal Future Care Plan?
A legal Future Care Plan ensures that the people you trust will assist you with making decisions when you need help. It gives you and your family and friends peace of mind. If you don’t have a legal Future Care Plan, government might become involved in your affairs, or a family member or friend will have to go to court to declare you incapable in order to manage your affairs. This process is very costly, intrusive and time consuming.

Can a legal Plan be changed?
Yes, a legal document can be changed by canceling it and making a new one. This is called Revocation. The law specifies how a legal document must be revoked.
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 Click on “How do I cancel or change an existing legal Plan?” to read more.  Close window about how to cancel or change the legal Plan.

Where to refer for assistance with making and registering a legal future care plan?
Nidus eRegistry™ and Resource Centre is the only hands-on resource centre in British Columbia for legal Future Care Plans. The Representation Agreement Resource Centre operates the Nidus eRegistry™ and offers other services such as information, education and assistance with making and registering a legal Future Care Plan. (Learn how to register a Plan with Nidus in Session 4). The Resource Centre offers do-it-yourself kits, which can be used on its own or (in the Lower Mainland) in conjunction with a workshop. The Centre can also provide referrals to legal help. To access the RARC website:  Type the following website address in your browser’s address field: www.rarc.ca  Click on the toggle called “About us” to find out more about the Resource Centre and how to contact them.  Click on the “Home” button. Now click on the “Information, Publications and Legislation” toggle for information about Future Care Plans.  Go back to the RARC home page. Use “Back” or “Home” button.  Click on “News and Events”. “Check here” to see the calendar of events. The calendar of events lists, amongst others, workshops dates to make a legal Future Care Plan.  Go back to the RARC home page.  Click on “Nidus eRegistry”. This link directs you to the Nidus home page

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