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/.
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.
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.
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.
Join the listserv
** 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.**