Saturday, January 20, 2018

Alberta Law Reform Institute Report on Inter-provincial Recognition of Substitute Decision-Making Documents

In December 2017, the Alberta Law Reform Institute (ALRI) released a report for discussion on Inter-provincial Recognition of Substitute Decision-Making Documents.

Substitute decision-making documents (also called powers of attorney, proxies, personal directives, etc...) delegate authority to one person to act on behalf of another with respect to financial, property or legal affairs and/or personal or health care matters. But legal requirements can often differ in different jurisdictions so that documents may not be recognized outside the province in which it was made, a situation that can create problems for people who own assets in more than one jurisdiction.

In 2016, the Uniform Law Conference of Canada approved the Uniform Interjurisdictional Recognition of Substitute Decision-Making Documents Act. The Uniform Act is intended to provide harmonized rules that may be implemented across Canada.

The ALRI report reviews the Uniform Act and considers whether it is suitable for implementation in Alberta. ALRI proposes that the Uniform Act should be implemented in Alberta, with some minor adjustments.

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posted by Michel-Adrien at 5:51 pm


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