To be completed by witness if signed with a mark "X" or by a representative of the applicant


#1

To be completed by witness if signed with a mark “X” or by a representative of the applicant

I only need a witness if I mark it with an X, right?


#2

You can just sign it :slightly_smiling_face:

X would be for those who cannot sign it due to impairments.


#3

The references to “representative” on the CPP Application forms is only for people who have a power of attorney situation. Because the person can’t comprehend the process on their own. Not the common sense of a representative or lawyer.

A witness is only needed if you have impairments or are illiterate and can only sign with an x


David Brannen

Disability Lawyer with Resolute Legal

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#4

Hi,

In regards to your response, I was wondering what happens if the applicant suffers from extreme chronic fatigue, weakness, lack of concentration and attention, memory impairments (significantly enough for her to be unable to remember important things), which makes it difficult for them to complete the application on their own. I was told that it was possible for a family member to help fill out the forms, and to indicate the name of the family member as the applicant’s representative, but that there was no need to have a power of attorney.

In your response, you’ve indicated that the “representative” section is only for people who have a power of attorney. What would you recommend in regards to the best way to proceed in the situation I have described above? Is there a way to only indicate that a family member has helped to fill out the application (if so where?) or would it be best to have the applicant complete a Power of Attorney, even though she is able to make some decisions? The applicant is willing to do so, as she doesn’t believe she can complete these papers without the help of the family member, but we’re wondering what would be the best way to proceed in her situation.

Thanks


#5

In this situation, you would sign an authorization form that allows family members to communicate with Service Canada, and they can help you prepare the application, but you would still sign the application on your own. They would not be your “representative” in the sense the Application Form contemplates.


David Brannen

Disability Lawyer with Resolute Legal

The response posted above is based on the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only reliabile manner to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with a lawyer, fully explain your situation, and allow the lawyer enough time to research the applicable law and facts required to give an adequate opinion. The basic information provided above is intended as a public service only, a full one-on-one discussion with a lawyer should be done before taking any any action. The information posted on this forum is available to the viewing public and is not intended to create a lawyer client relationship with any person. If you want one-on-one advice, please click here to request a free consultation or call toll free 1-877-282-5188 to speak with a member with our disability claim support team.