On Wednesday, May 25, 2011, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm I will be speaking at a Canadian Bar Association, British Columbia Branch webinar on the changes in legislation on incapacity planning in British Columbia that are coming into effect on September 1, 2011.
It's been an experience trying to figure out the changes to the legislation. There are several statutes being amended, including the Adult Guardianship Act, the Power of Attorney Act, the Representation Act, and the Health Care (Consent) and (Care Facility Admissions) Act. Most of the amendments are in Bill 29, the Adult Guardianship and Planning Statutes Amendment Act, 2007. But Bill 29 was amended by Bill 33, the Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 2008, and then by Bill 13, the Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 2009. Now the further amendments have been introduced in the Legislative Assembly in Bill 7, the Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 2011. Of course, not all of the provisions in the Adult Guardianship and Planning Statutes Amendment Act, 2007 are coming into effect on September 1. You have to figure out which ones will come in, and which ones won't.
Fortunately, the legislation will be consolidated, and I anticipate that after September 1, 2011, you will be able to click on the legislation you are looking for on BC Laws and read the amended version.