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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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

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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Making Unbundled Legal Services More Accessible for British Columbians

by People’s Law School

You may have heard of  “unbundling”—a new way for people to hire and work with a lawyer. Traditionally, a person hires a lawyer to handle every part of a matter. With unbundling, a client and lawyer can pick and choose what parts the lawyer handles, and which parts the client handles. Because the lawyer only does some of the work, it can be much more affordable than hiring a lawyer in the traditional way. 

Unbundling has been legal in BC since 2008, but until now, it’s been hard to find practical information about how it works.

This spring, People’s Law School launched Unbundled Legal Services, a website that explains unbundling for the public. It’s your definitive source for user-friendly information on unbundled legal services for family cases in BC. You can also find it on Clicklaw.

Here’s what you’ll find on Unbundled Legal Services:

  • A quiz that helps people decide if unbundling is a good fit for their situation
  • A link to list of lawyers who offer unbundled family law services in BC
  • Instructions on how to start working on an unbundled legal matter
  • Lots of great, practical tips for working with a lawyer 

Help up spread the word 

Unbundling is an emerging idea that needs support. If you want to tell people about unbundling, share the site with them—or order our pamphlet, free of charge, at

For lawyers

If you’re a family lawyer, check out the following resources:

  • Unbundling Your Family Law Practice – a webinar recording. The presenters JP Boyd, Zahra Jimale and Kari Boyle provided practical tips on providing unbundled services to your clients and helped you to explore the BC Family Law Unbundling Roster, the Family Law Unbundling Toolkit, and other resources.
  • Family Law Unbundling Toolkit. Access the Family Lawyer Toolkit and get information about unbundling, helpful retainer letter templates, checklists, flowcharts, and more.

About People’s Law School

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Founded in 1972, People’s Law School is a non-profit society dedicated to making the law accessible to everyone. We provide free education and information to help people effectively deal with the legal problems of daily life.

Our resources are available in a variety of formats to meet the needs of people: on the web and other digital platforms, in booklets and longer-format publications, and through classes in communities around BC.

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