Mediating in Elder Law Matters – The Brink of a New Era

January 17, 2012 Hull & Hull LLP Elder Law Tags: 0 Comments

In 2007, the British Columbia legislature passed the “Adult Guardianship and Planning Statutes Amendment Act”, parts of which came into force in September of 2011. One of the key points to this legislation, finding interest in the estate world recently, is the new mandatory mediation requirement for guardianship applications.  Several of the other considerations addressed in this new legislation are considered here.

The Canadian Centre for Elder Law Studies, a division of the British Columbia Law institute, has recently prepared a report on this very issue, titled “Elder and Guardianship Mediation”.   At the risk of stating the obvious, our demographic is quickly aging, and issues surrounding anything dealing with the elder population are appropriately en vogue.   The substantial report deals with a variety of important issues in respect of the type of training a mediator might require in this particular field, ethical principles for consideration for all involved, as well as attending to an explanation of key concepts and definitions related to this field.

Although this report was prepared for British Columbia, with a detailed analysis of their legislation, certainly the parallels to Ontario are evident and likely to be found very persuasive by the Ontario Courts. Under Rule 75.01 of the Ontario Rules of Civil Procedure, mandatory mediation applies to the Substitute Decisions Act. As guardianship in Ontario is governed by the Substitute Decisions Act, it may be that the information and considerations addressed in the Report will be helpful both in practice to Ontario counsel, as well as to the judiciary when considering such matters.

Get an early start on your CPD Hours and join us for our Breakfast Series this Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 8:30 am at the Ontario Bar Association Conference Centre located at 200-20 Toronto Street, Toronto Ontario. Please see here for a link to our registration form. I hope to see you there!

Thanks for Reading,

Nadia M. Harasymowycz – Click here for more information on Nadia Harasymowycz

 

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