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In Person Appointments

Nidus offers in-person appointments on Monday afternoons thanks to our trained volunteer, Maureen, at the South Granville Seniors Centre (in Vancouver). You must book an appointment in advance. Call 604-732-0812.

Maureen can provide an overview of legal planning documents available in BC and can help with making a Representation Agreements. Maureen can also help you register your completed documents with the online Nidus Registry.

While appointments are free, the South Granville Seniors Centre suggests a $5.00 donation to SGSC when making your booking. We express our sincere gratitude to SGSC for enabling bookings and providing facilities to offer personal help with Nidus services for SGSC members and the larger community of Metro Vancouver.

Please note, you don’t have to be a senior to access this help.

Maureen will take a break for August and September. Last appointment is for July 29, 2024. Call now.

Legislative Updates: Removing Gendered Language from Legal Documents

This is to inform you about recent legislative changes. The Representation Agreement Act and Representation Agreement Regulation, the Power of Attorney Act, and the Wills, Estates, and Succession Act as well as other BC legislation have undergone revisions to remove gender-specific language. For example, he/she is replaced by adult.

Please note, there is no need to redo existing documents due to these changes; they remain valid.

In keeping with these changes, the required Certificates on our Section 7 Representation Agreement forms have been updated. The updated forms are available here.

Accessibility Video Events – Register Now

We are excited to announce that the  Accessibility Project Videos are now live! These educational videos will feature personal, real-life stories from people across British Columbia, highlighting the usefulness of personal planning and Representation Agreements.

To watch “An Introduction to Personal Planning & Representation Agreements in BC” and “Nidus Registry – An Introduction” – please visit this page. These educational videos feature personal, real-life stories from people across British Columbia, highlighting the usefulness of personal planning and Representation Agreements.

What is personal planning? How is it different from estate planning? What if I have a Will and an Enduring Power of Attorney – am I covered? What if I can’t make any of these documents? What will happen to me in an emergency if I can’t speak for myself? Learn the answers to these questions and more. There will be a short period for Q&A.

We are pleased to be collaborating with our event hosts, Huntington Society of Canada, BC Chapter, Plan InstituteBC Association of Community Response Networks (BC CRN)Parkinson Society BC, Memorial Society of BC, Council of Senior Citizens’ Organizations of BC (COSCO), Family Caregivers of British Columbia, Autism BC, Inclusion BC, and Vela Canada, for our webinars in 2024.

🗓️ Register now to attend one of our video launch+ Q&A webinars in 2024! All are welcome:

Thank you to the BC Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction and Disability Alliance BC (fund administrator) for the Accessibility Project funding for these videos.

Personal Planning Month

October is Personal Planning Month! Personal planning is about making arrangements for while you are alive but you may need assistance due to an illness, injury or disability.

Why is Personal Planning so important?

People are living longer lives–and disability, injury, and illness are becoming more common, and inevitable for more people. It is important to plan for these circumstances in the same way that many people are encouraged to explore disability insurance options and not just life insurance.

Personal planning covers preparation for all four areas of your life: health care, personal care, legal affairs and financial affairs.

Why shouldn’t I just keep things informal?

Personal planning does not replace informal help provided by your friends and family. Rather, by making legal documents for personal planning you can give your personal supporters the legal authority necessary to help you. The best time to do personal planning is before a crisis occurs.

Ready to take action?

Featured in Perspectives Magazine

A screenshot of the first page of the article by Nidus in Perspectives Magazine.An article from Nidus is featured in the recent Perspectives Magazine. Thank you to the BC Association of Social Workers (BCASW) for including us in the Spring/Summer edition, 2023, 45(2) and for allowing us to share this article with the public.

Our article provides a comprehensive overview of Representation Agreements (RAs). It aims to address the confusion surrounding different types of RAs, who can create them, and their purpose. We believe that understanding these important legal documents is essential both for professionals like social workers and individuals seeking to plan for their future. You can read the full article by clicking here.

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