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End-of-Life working group

The Supreme Court of Canada gave the federal government until February to rewrite the Criminal Code on physician-assisted suicide to align with its decision in Carter. Last summer, the former Conservative government set up a consultation panel called the External Panel on Options for a Legislative Response to Carter v Canada, which went on hiatus for the period of the election campaign and has now resumed hearings. Another group, the Provincial/Territorial Expert Advisory Group on Physician-Assisted Dying, is also holding consultations. The CBA has written to each group to say it strongly endorses a pan-Canadian approach, in line with the resolution passed at the August Council meeting in Calgary – a rewriting of the Criminal Code to comply with Carter, and harmonized provincial and territorial laws to give clear pathways for timely access to physician-assisted dying with procedural safeguards and oversight.

CBA Young Lawyers International Program 2015-17

If you are aware of young lawyers who may be interested in applying for an international internship, please forward them the following link: http://www.cba.org/CBA/IDP/yiip/.

CBA E-News - November 2015

How to Advise Elderly Trustees

John Hollander, a litigator with McBride Bond Christian LLP, looks at the issues elderly trustees face when undertaking substantial trust responsibilities; specifically examining how lawyers should advise such clients and how lawyers should advise beneficiaries when the elderly trustee appears not to be discharging the duties of the office.

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Summary of the RASOULI Decision by Michael A. Waite and Duncan E. Taylor – Stones Carbert Waite LLP

Decision - http://scc.lexum.org/decisia-scc-csc/scc-csc/scc-csc/en/item/13290/index.do

Succession Law Tables of Concordance

CBA’s Wills, Estates and Trusts Section has assembled Succession Law Tables of Concordance. The Tables provide a quick reference to basic information about estate and succession laws in Canadian jurisdictions and links for ready access to make enquiries of court and land titles officials.  They are a convenient starting point for lawyers considering estate files complicated by interprovincial issues or performing services in neighbouring jurisdictions. They are also a handy tool for those seeking to reform and harmonize succession law in the provinces and territories.

Please visit: http://www.cba.org/CBA/sections_wills/main/Tables_2014.aspx

The National Elder Law Section: Retrospective 1999-2009

It has been ten years since the United Nations designated 1999 the International Year of the Older Person and, therefore, appropriate to recall the roots of our Section which was introduced that year.

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 CBA Elder Law Section Listserv

The CBA Elder Law Section has a listserv which you are encouraged to join.

A listserv is a discussion group that comes to you through your e-mail! Listservs, or e-mail lists, allow you to interact with many people simultaneously and are a convenient way for members to share information, pass on client referrals, and to ask or answer questions.

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**  In order to join a listserv you must be a member of the relevant CBA Section. Please contact your Branch if you wish to join the CBA Elder Law Section.**

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The objectives of the CBA Elder Law Section are tri-fold:

  1. to improve the law affecting seniors;
  2. to educate the public, the individual Bars, the Judiciary and members of the Association on important Elder Law issues; and
  3. to foster professionalism in the practice of Elder Law through communication among Elder Law practitioners.

These goals extend to: stimulating interest on the part of members of the Association in the Elder Law field; studying and having informed dialogue on case law regulations and legislation affecting this emerging area of practice; recommending substantive and procedural improvements in laws impacting on the elderly; disseminating information of value to the Bars, Law Societies, Judiciary, the Association and the public; promoting the legal rights of older persons to enjoy their communities, families and lives to the fullest extent possible and informing older persons of these rights; and providing a forum for the exchange of views and information in furtherance of these goals.

The CBA Elder Law Section addresses legal issues and problems of the elderly, including: 

  • Age Discrimination;
  • General Planning for Aging: A Case-Management and Multidisciplinary Approach;
  • Elder Abuse and Exploitation;
  • Undue Influence;
  • Housing of Older Persons and Care Facility Regulation;
  • Ethical and Practical Aspects of Advising the Older Client;
  • Mental Capacity and Consent;
  • Guardianship and Court Appointed Substitute Decision Making;
  • HealthCare Decision-Making;
  • Powers of Attorney/ Mandates;
  • Elder Divorce and Separation; and
  • Lawyer referral panels, and advocacy and pro bono work for the elderly of low or middle incomes.

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