A brief overview of the Ontario Consent and Capacity Board.
Family caregivers do not necessarily anticipate being thrust into the role of an advocate, yet this is what happens all the time.
Who makes decisions if a patient is unable to for themselves?
The Public Guardian and Trustee (PGT) is an agency that plays a role in many matters involving consent and capacity.
In the fourth video of four part mini-series on mismanaging property, I discuss ODSP. The series is for family caregivers who have a loved one with a mental illness who is mismanaging property.
In the third video of four part mini-series on mismanaging property, I discuss joint accounts. The series is for family caregivers who have a loved one with a mental illness who is mismanaging property.
In the second video of four part mini-series on mismanaging property, I discuss guardianship of property. The series is for family caregivers who have a loved one with a mental illness who is mismanaging property.
In our 4 part mini-series on mismanaging property, I discuss powers of attorney for property. The series is for family caregivers who have a loved one with a mental illness who is mismanaging property.
Close contact now allowed between residents and their essential caregivers provided the parties have received both doses of their vaccinations.
We made a tool for parents of children (of any age) with developmental disabilities who are unable to make medical decisions for themselves.
We are debriefing the films "I Care A Lot" and "The Guardians".
We're excited to announce 2 online courses we’ve made specifically for families who have a loved one with a mental illness.
We have a giveaway for Family Caregiver Day! And I want to explain why.
We created an online DIY guardianship course to assist individuals to become guardian of property for their loved one - without hiring a lawyer! This video provides some context about why we made the course and who it is for (and not for!)
On October 7, 2020 the Ministry of Long-Term Care released a new COVID-19 Visiting Policy.
A brief summary of the first case in Ontario challenging a hospital's no-visitor policy during COVID-19.
Find out what a POA for Personal Care is (hint: it's different than a Will) and what goes into one.
It’s holiday time and questions often arise about whether gifts can be given on behalf of a person who, legally, isn’t capable of managing property.
Have a family meeting. Sign the legal documents. And, by the way, your siblings are probably suspicious of you.
If you know someone caring for a loved one with dementia, you have to read this blog post!
The Long-Term Care Homes Public Inquiry Final Report contains a surprising amount of information about healthcare serial killers.
An Ontario man entered family law arbitration seeking to vaccinate his kids, which his ex-wife opposed. To his surprise, he lost.
The Ontario government recently proposed legislation that, if passed, would fundamentally change the delivery of health services in Ontario.
I will be presenting on Planning for Incapacity: Legal Consent and Decision-Making as part of a FREE workshop taking place Saturday, October 13 in King City, Ontario. Please join us and spread the word to caregivers of seniors!
The term "proposed representative" is not in most people's vocabulary, and doesn't need to be. But if you are a family caregiver and the term arises, chances are there is a conflict about who makes health care decisions for a loved one.
It’s tax time! From ambulance services and assisted breathing devices to medical marijuana and wigs, a variety of expenses can save you money on your taxes...
Today is National Caregiver Day. At Lisa Feldstein Law Office, we interact with caregivers all the time. They constantly impress us with the knowledge they’ve acquired, the sacrifices they make, and the balancing acts they perform. They are not always heard by health professionals. They are not always thanked by their loved ones. But they are the invisible backbone of our health care system. So cheers to the caregivers! You are amazing! And YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
Many people appointed under a POA do not know they have specific legal obligations, and that they could face serious financial and other consequences if they do not satisy their duties.
With the holidays comes an opportunity to spend time with family and check on how loved ones are doing. As our relatives age or enter new stages of life, some of them may face health challenges we only discover when we visit in person.
The Ontario government introduced a new bill (“Bill 160, Strengthening Quality and Accountability for Patients Act, 2017″) that, if passed, would create a variety of changes within our health care system
The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario recently decided that a nine-year-old boy with Autism does not have a right to bring his service dog with him to his elementary school... So, what does this decision mean for other children who utilize service animals?
April 4, 2017 was the first ever National Family Caregiver Day in Canada. In support of caregivers I attended the City of Toronto Caregiver Appreciation Event and watched Toronto Mayor Tory proclaim April 4th to be Family Caregiver Day in Toronto.
This blog reviews – and strongly endorses – two of those recommendations made by the Law Commission of Ontario relating to powers of attorney.
There have been efforts over the past several years to amend the law so that a volunteer can use the same police check for multiple organizations. The latest effort to enact this change came on September 15, 2016, with the first reading of Bill 15, Helping Volunteers Give Back Act, 2016. Variations of this Bill have been introduced previously in the Ontario Legislature.
There have been several media articles about “death doulas” or “death midwives”, who provide services to people who are dying and their families. The fact that many of these individuals are volunteers makes it clear they are driven by a passion to help. However, as a new field there are multiple legal issues that could pose problems for these service providers and the public alike.
A New Zealand girl born with developmental disabilities is unable to speak, walk or see. In an effort to make her life better, her family decided to stunt her growth and remove her uterus.
In February 2016 physician-assisted suicide will be legal in Canada. And we need to talk about it.
A Panel is carrying out consultations about the developing assisted dying laws in Canada.
Family Councils Ontario recently held its annual 2-day conference in Toronto and it was inspiring to hear about the great work being performed by Family Councils throughout the province.
Which “self” should prevail if the future “self” is a different person?
The Supreme Court of Canada’s recent decision opens the door for physician-assisted suicide in Canada.