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Supplemental Resources to Baby Boomers issue of LAWPRO Magazine

The January 2007 issue of LAWPRO Magazine focused on the practice implications of an aging clientele. For the legal profession, Canada¡¯s aging population has huge ramifications. An aging client base will increase the focus on wills and estate planning, and lawyers must bring themselves up to speed with both the opportunities and the potential exposures that come with providing these services to older clients. At the same time, the majority of lawyers themselves are boomers, and lawyers approaching retirement need to plan for this life-changing event - and not as end point, but as part of a renewal process that requires a proactive, positive mindset. See the magazine for an introduction to the many and far-reaching implications of aging lawyers and aging clients.

Lawpro Magazine 6(1), Winter 2007

The following resources are available as supplements to the magazine:

  • A detailed discussion of capacity: Judith Wahl, executive director of the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly (www.cleo.on.ca) delves into the issue of legal capacity and how too many lawyers make the wrong assumptions when dealing with elderly clients.
  • Changing face of the legal profession: A detailed analysis of the legal profession in Ontario conducted by LAWPRO provides facts on the aging of Ontario lawyers, the changing areas of practice and the lure of urban practice.
  • Law Society of Upper Canada Guide to Winding up Your Law Practice: Winding up your practice properly involves a great deal of time, effort and planning. To assist you in the process, the Law Society and LAWPRO have developed this comprehensive resource at mrc.lsuc.on.ca/jsp/guideClosingYourPractice/index.jsp.
  • Retirement as a renewal process: This is a longer version of Steve Gallagher¡¯s article on planning for retirement, and it goes into more detail on planning and preparing for a life after law.

Other sources of information:

  • Canadian Bar Association: the Elder Law section of the CBA site includes links to articles, presentations, legislative updates and other resources on elder law at www.cba.org/CBA/sections%5FElder/main/.
  • Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants: The CICA has launched a multi-faceted program to help chartered accountants capitalize on the wealth management needs of "older clients" and their offspring (www.cica.ca).
  • Advocacy Centre of the Elderly: ACE is the first community based legal clinic for low income senior citizens in Ontario (www.advocacycentreelderly.org).
  • Ontario Seniors' Secretariat: develops and supports government initiatives that improve the quality of life on Ontario's seniors and supports public education for and about Ontario¡¯s seniors (www.citizenship.gov.on.ca/seniors).
  • Community Legal Education Ontario: CLEO is a community legal clinic dedicate to providing low-income and disadvantaged people in Ontario with the legal information they need to understand and exercise their legal rights (www.cleo.on.ca).
  • Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee: contact them for information about Powers of Attorney for Personal Care, Continuing Powers of Attorney for Property, the Substitute Decisions Act and guardianship (www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/family/pgt).
  • Consent and Capacity Board: An independent body created by the provincial government under the Health Care Consent Act. It conducts hearings under the Mental Health Act, the Health Care Consent Act, the Personal Health Information Protection Act and the Substitute Decisions Act (www.ccboard.on.ca).
  • Toronto Police Service: publishes a handbook to reduce the incidence of frauds and scams against seniors (www.torontopolice.on.ca).


 

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