The Power of Attorney Project Podcast Feature: Law Reform – from a BC Perspective
What is the Power of Attorney Project?
A two year technology-based project funded in part by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program, that aims to educate adult children and seniors about Power of Attorney issues. In their Podcast series, legal, financial and social service experts share their knowledge and give individuals and families an opportunity to increase their understanding and to help them deal with some of the complex and difficult issues of aging.
The B.C. Perspective
One of Clicklaw’s core contributors, Joanne Taylor, Executive Director of Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre and Registry, was recently featured in a podcast. She explains B.C.’s unique legal tools that empower people in B.C. to plan for the future.
Nidus was founded by citizens and community groups who were involved in the community-based reform of British Columbia’s adult guardianship legislation. Nidus is currently the only community-based resource in Canada devoted to personal planning. Its existence sets British Columbia apart as a leader in addressing the critical needs of an aging population.
Nidus is the expert on Representation Agreements, which are a legal model for supported decision making. B.C.’s Representation Agreement Act inspired Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (2008) which calls on governments to implement legislation that ensures all adults receive support with decision making without the need to take away or restrict their rights. The Convention has been ratified by Canada.
Listen to the Podcast here. Conversation topics discussed include:
- What is Nidus?
- What is Nidus’s role?
- What legal documents are available in BC to plan for incapacity?
- Is it true that the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities looked to the Representation Agreement Act of BC for inspiration when it was drafted?
- What is the Nidus Personal Planning Registry and could you give us an example of how families can use it?
September is Personal Planning Month
- For the Public: Check out the special webinars Nidus is offering for Personal Planning Month – included alongside estate planning info sessions on Courthouse Libraries BC’s Wills Resources Page;
- For Intermediaries/Community Workers/Advocates: Sign up for Clicklaw & Nidus’ free webinar – Monday, September 28, 2015, 10:00-11:30am.
- For Lawyers: See the Summer 2015 Benchers’ Bulletin for Practice Tips on the Nidus Personal Planning Registry
- See Clicklaw resources under “Personal Planning / Planning for the future”