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Free Webinars on Personal Planning in October

by Nidus

Getting your affairs in order gives you peace of mind and takes the burden off family and friends. It’s easy when you know the steps to take. Participate in any of the free webinars by Nidus in October.

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How?

3 ways to participate:

  1. Individually (watch on your own device) – sign up for each webinar.
  2. As a group (gather family/friends/colleagues and use your own device) – sign up for each webinar.
  3. Attend public viewing at a host location. Click here to view the list of host locations. Can’t find one near you? Ask your public library or community organization to be a host and tell them to contact info@nidus.ca.

What are the topics? When?

Each webinar topic will be available twice – morning & evening, on different dates.  All times listed are for Pacific Time. You can ask questions at the end of each webinar during the Q&A period.

Joint ownership – the good, the bad, and the risky

Joint ownership of bank accounts, real estate, and vehicles is common for spouses. How is this different when a parent and child own property jointly? Learn about recent court cases that have led to new cautions about joint ownership. Find out the original intent of joint ownership and why it may not fit for today’s needs.

Tips for making a will & what happens if someone is not capable to make a will

Some people are considered not capable of making a will due to the legal requirements. This may affect someone with a disability from birth (special needs). It can also affect an adult who put off making a will and now has advanced dementia. What happens in these cases, according to the law? For the majority of British Columbians who can make a will, we’ll offer some tips and resources.

The myths & realities of planning

What are the essential legal documents in BC for those who want to plan for incapacity, for end-of-life, and for after death? This presentation gives an overview of Representation Agreements, Enduring Powers of Attorney, and wills. Learn how personal planning is different from estate planning. Find out how to make your documents and where to register them.

Consent: What is the law in BC for health care? It’s time to update old ideas & old practices!

Consent is very much in the news as it underlies many of our day-to-day interactions. Consent is also fundamental to encounters with the health care and residential care systems. Since 2000, BC has specific legislation about health care consent and Representation Agreements for making a legally-binding document in case of incapacity, for end-of-life, and other support needs. There is lots of confusion about non-legal documents such as living wills, the Do-Not-Resuscitate form and Levels of Care forms, including MOST (medical orders for scope of treatment). Learn what is law in BC.

For description and more info, visit Nidus’ website or download the Personal Planning Month 2019 poster (PDF).

Who is Nidus?

Nidus is a non-profit, charitable organization that was set up by seniors and disability groups. Nidus is a leader in providing information and resources about personal planning.

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2019 Bi-Monthly Update Series: July/August

To keep you informed, here are some highlights of changes and updates made to Clicklaw in July and August:

Jan-Feb | Mar-Apr | May-Jun | Jul-Aug | Sep-Oct | Nov-Dec

BC Employment Standards Branch

New resources on various aspects of Employment Standards have been added to the Employment Standards Branch website. Topics include: wages, hiring and termination, the complaints process, time off, and safety and workers’ rights. Additionally, Employment Standards Branch has replaced the “Self-Help Kit” (which required workers to deal directly with their employer before submitting a complaint), with a direct-to-branch process.

The updated listings on Clicklaw include:

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  • Employment Standards: Getting Paid for Work: provides information about how wages must be paid under BC law. Includes minimum wage, minimum daily pay, deductions, keeping records, overtime pay, tips & gratuities, uniforms & special clothing.
  • Employment Standards: Hiring Employees: explains the workplace standards that employers must meet and include in an employment agreement. Includes hiring young people under the age of 15, using an employment agency, hiring domestic workers, hiring farm labour workers, and hiring temporary foreign workers.
  • Employment Standards: Making a Complaint: explains the steps involved in resolving employment disputes. Includes references to the law in BC.
  • Employment Standards: Quitting, Getting Fired or Laid Off: provides information about termination of employment for both employees and employers as it applies under the Employment Standards Act. Includes information about paying final wages, giving written notices, paying compensation, group terminations, just cause, layoffs, and changes to employment conditions.
  • Employment Standards: Specific Industries/Types of Workers: provides information about agriculture, aquaculture, commission sales, domestics, employment agencies, high technology sector, loggers, oil & gas sector, resident caretakers, etc.
  • Employment Standards: Taking Time Off: provides information about when employees can take time off work for vacation or for unexpected life situations. Includes maternity & parental leave, family responsibility leave, compassionate care leave, bereavement leave, reservists’ leave, leave respecting the disappearance or death of child, & jury duty.
  • Working in BC Information Sheet: this information sheet explains the rights of employees in BC. Includes minimum wage, tips, minimum daily pay, meal breaks, pay days & payroll records, overtime, averaging agreements, uniforms & special clothing, deductions, statutory holidays, annual vacation, and compensation when employment ends.
  • Employment Standards & Workplace Safety: Where to Go for Help: provides an overview of where to go for help or advice on employment standards and workplace safety issues. Includes links to the Employment Standards Branch, Employment Standards Tribunal, WorkSafe BC, Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal, Employers’ Advisers Office, and BC Labour Relations Board.
  • Employment Standards: Do They Apply to You?: provides information on the BC Employment Standards Act and Regulations. This page explains a number of provisions that limit or exclude coverage for certain groups.

Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT)

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  • Societies and Cooperative Associations Solution Explorer: this tool helps people manage and resolve disputes about BC societies that are incorporated with the BC Corporate Registry, and housing and community service cooperative associations. If you aren’t able to resolve your dispute using this tool, it will lead you to the CRT’s online application form.

Legal Services Society

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  • MyLawBC Family Mediation Tool: this online platform to help separating parents make a parenting plan that’s in their kids’ best interests. If parents can’t agree, they can ask for a professional mediator to help them. Parents get a downloadable parenting plan for both to sign. It’s convenient, secure, and free.

People’s Law School

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People’s Law School has added new personal planning resources to their website on topics such as representation agreements and powers of attorney. The updated listings on Clicklaw include:

  • Planning for Your Future – this webpage provides information on personal planning including power of attorney, advance care plans, representation agreements and resources for those with limited capacities now.
  • Health and Personal Care – practical information on what you can do to ensure your wishes around health care & personal care are respected. Learn how to prepare an enhanced representation agreement, how an advance directive can be used, about the two types of representation agreements, and about MOST forms.
  • If You Need Help Now – practical information on how standard representation agreements can be used and how to prepare one. Learn about your rights and options for changing or ending one, and eight important reasons why someone may want to prepare one.
  • Start Your Planning Here – essential information you should know when preparing for your future. Learn your options for planning for your future financial, legal, health care, and personal care needs.
  • Making Decisions for Someone Else – practical information on what to consider when making decisions for someone else. Learn about the steps you can take to protect the adult from scams, financial exploitation and abuse, information about the duties you must follow as an attorney, and tools designed to help you in your role.
  • Financial and Legal Matters – practical information on tools you can put in place now in case you cannot manage your financial and legal affairs in future. Learn about the different types of powers of attorney, how to prepare your enduring power of attorney, and your rights and options for changing or ending a power of attorney.

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British Columbia Law Institute (BCLI)

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  • Builder’s Lien Reform Project: The Builders Lien Act protects participants in a construction project such as contractors, material suppliers, and individual workers by giving them several forms of security for payment for work done or materials supplied. BCLI has undertaken a major law reform project on the Builders Lien Act.

Archway Community Services

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  • Archway Community Services is the new name for Abbotsford Community Services. The name is intended to be more inclusive for clients beyond Abbotsford and reduce misconceptions of the organization being a branch of the government or City of Abbotsford.

Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Community Services

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  • Family Law Advocacy Program – Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Community Services has now added a family law program to their community services. The program provides information and legal advocacy for family law matters for separation, divorce, court forms, legal aid applications, child and spousal support, and other family law matters.

North Shore Community Resources Society (NSCR)

  • Family Law Advocacy Program – NSCR has a new family law program that provides legal information and referral, legal advice and representation (in some cases) to lower and moderate income clients. The service covers divorce, parenting time, child support, division of property, child protection and consensual dispute resolutions.