If you have a loved one with a serious mental illness, you HAVE to watch this video. It is about the primary legal tool to get a person to the hospital for an assessment.
A substitute decision-maker must be "capable" of making treatment decisions. What happens if they're not?
In this vlog Lisa reviews three (3) pros and three (3) cons of becoming guardian with another person.
If you are considering surrogacy, check out this video that provides 3 ways to save money during surrogacy.
In Canada it is against the law to pay a surrogate, although reimbursements are legal. But which reimbursements are lawful?
What is a Management Plan? Hint: It relates to guardianship of property.
A guardian of property must complete, and follow, a Management Plan. Learn more here.
Sometimes 2+ people have to make health care decisions for someone else (e.g. 2 parents deciding for a child, 3 adults deciding for a parent with dementia). In this vlog we answer the question: what happens if those decision-makers can't agree?
It is really necessary to have a contract with a egg, sperm or embryo donor?
A guardian of property can do almost anything - except make a Will! Learn more in this blog.
When discussing a patient or resident's capacity, it is important to be specific. Simply stating that a person is "incapable" is generally incomplete.
What is a capable person entitled to know before they consent or decline to consent to a proposed treatment?
Once in a while a client who is donating eggs to a friend or relative has asked us, do I have to accept the reimbursements? They aren't sure if refusing to be reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses could somehow affect the legality of the agreement.
A brief overview of the Ontario Consent and Capacity Board.
Deciding to donate eggs is a big decision. The second biggest decision? Whether to do so on a known or anonymous basis.
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.
A Form 3 is a legal tool completed by a physician that requires a person to stay at the hospital as an involuntary patient in a psychiatric unit.
A Form 1 is a legal tool completed by a physician that allows a person to be detained at a hospital for up to 72 hours so that their mental health can be examined.
MAID is no longer available exclusively for individuals who are dying.
Can someone retrieve your sperm or egg from your body after you die - and use it to have a child? The answer is complicated.
In this vlog, the surrogacy process is demystified.
In this video I provide an overview of the embryo donation process.
Intended Parents often call us at the very beginning of their surrogacy journey. While we're happy to chat, the actual legal work does not begin until later in the process.
Three ways Covid-19 has impacted surrogacy.
Some non-legal advice for intended parents about surrogacy.
Find out our #1 tip for intended parents considering surrogacy.
At the highest level, surrogacy lawyers do 2 main things: (1) help with the surrogacy agreement (drafting it and/or providing legal advice) and (2) ensuring the intended parents' names are shown on the birth certificate.
Why is it so important that intended parents and surrogates have their own lawyers? Find out here!