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.
The government is currently debating a bill that could force people to long-term care without consent, even if they are mentally capable of making their own decisions.
A substitute decision-maker must be "capable" of making treatment decisions. What happens if they're not?
Our 6 week guardianship course starts this week!
What is a Management Plan? Hint: It relates to guardianship of property.
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?
Who consents to children receiving the Covid-19 vaccine? The child? The parents? The government? The answer is complicated.
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?
A brief overview of the Ontario Consent and Capacity Board.
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.
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.
Media is reporting that the government is considering removing the right of substitute decision-makers to consent to withdrawal of ventilators.
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!)
In November 2020 Lisa Feldstein was quoted in The Province in an article by Laura Hensley entitled "The 'extraordinary' case of Britney Spears' conservatorship".
After consultation with stakeholders, commissioning of expert reports, and some lawsuits stating that aspects of the current law are unconstitutional, the time to update Canada's MAID laws has finally arrived.
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.
There are parents who describe their teenagers as “addicted” to video games. They might be right. On their path to seek help for their kids who seem lost in another world, could they have their children committed to a psychiatric facility? Perhaps.
An Ontario man entered family law arbitration seeking to vaccinate his kids, which his ex-wife opposed. To his surprise, he lost.
Should advance requests to medically assisted death be legal?
A person who is brain dead often does not appear dead. Their heart can still be beating and their chest may rise and fall. These behaviours raise the question, when should a personally be legally dead?
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.
Today is the first day of Canadian Infertility Awareness Week 2018. To those who are struggling, you are not alone [...]
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...
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.
A man in Florida tattooed “DO NOT RESUSCITATE” (often referred to as “DNR”) on his chest. Later in life he was brought into the emergency department in an unconscious state and his health care professionals were subsequently left to ponder whether they could – or should – honour his wish if his heart stopped.
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
This blog reviews – and strongly endorses – two of those recommendations made by the Law Commission of Ontario relating to powers of attorney.
On December 7, 2016 the Ontario government introduced Bill 84, Medical Assistance in Dying Statute Law Amendment Act, 2016 to fill some gaps that were outside Parliament’s authority to legislate.
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.
The parents of an Aboriginal girl with cancer were allowed to refuse chemotherapy; the parties returned to court to have the judge clarify the decision.
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.
What are some things a person should do upon a diagnosis of dementia?
Many people in their 20s and 30s do not have a Power of Attorney. They think if anything happened to them, their families would be able to make all decisions for them without issue. These people are mistaken.