A Representation Agreement is complementary to the Power of Attorney. Where the Power of Attorney allows your attorney to make financial decisions for you, a Representation Agreement allows your representative to make Health Care decisions for you when you are no longer able to make them yourself.
Not everyone may need a Representation agreement. Currently there are procedures in place that medical professionals have to follow if a person cannot make decisions themselves. For example they would contact your spouse or your parents to make those decisions. If for some reason you do not have your relatives close by or you do not want them to make the health care decisions for you, you need to have a Representative appointed that you trust to make those decisions.
A Representation agreement is very important for young families with children, as Under a Section 9 Representation Agreement, the representative can have temporary custody of the donor’s children. What that means for the parent of the minor child is that if the parent is incapable, there is someone who can take care of the minor child until the parent recovers.