Most people are unaware of the rules for making substitute healthcare decisions for their incapable loved ones. The possibility that medical resources such as ventilators may be limited due to COVID-19 cases can only add to the stress and burden of substitute decision-making. Quarantine restrictions in health facilities have left substitute decisions makers (SDMs) without […]

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Alex Procope is returning to teach Gerontology at Ryerson University’s G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education. He will be instructing an Elder Law course he designed last year on Ethical and Legal Frameworks in Aging.  The following description is from the course outline: The course provides a framework for managing key legal and ethical […]

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Mercedes Perez presented at the 2019 Legal Guide to Consent, Capacity & Substitute Decision Making conference organized by Osgoode Professional Development.  The conference was held on December 9, 2019 and Mercedes presented on three topics with a number of co-presenters:  “Understanding the Substitute Decisions Act – From Property Management to Personal Care”;  “Preparing for a […]

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On December 3, 2019, Alex presented on the topic of mental capacity at the 8th Human Rights Summit. This continuing professional development program was presented by the Law Society of Ontario. Alex’s panel included Rani Khan from the Human Rights Legal Support Centre and Lauri Reesor from Hicks Morley. They presented on legal capacity generally, […]

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Alex Procope is now a contract lecturer in the Gerontology program at Ryerson University’s G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education. He will be instructing an Elder Law course he designed over the winter entitled: Aging: Ethical and Legal Considerations. The following description is from the course outline: The course provides a framework for managing […]

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Mercedes Perez, appointed by the Superior Court of Justice as amicus curiae, successfully raised procedural fairness issues in an appeal from a treatment incapacity decision of the Consent and Capacity Board. The decision has been published in the March 15, 2019 edition of the Ontario Reports. The appellant suffered from schizaffective disorder and had been […]

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Kelley commented today in The Lawyer’s Daily, on mental capacity issues arising in the case of Canadian boxing legend George Chuvalo.  A recent ruling of the Superior Court (2018 ONSC 311) found that Mr. Chuvalo lacks mental capacity to decide whether to reconcile with his second wife.  Two of his adult children from his first […]

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PBP Lawyers participated in a consultation session with the Law Commission of Ontario on its “Improving the Last Stages of Life” project.  This project considers how the law impacts the rights and choices for persons who are dying and their caregivers.  The Law Commission is conducting consultations throughout the province in order to better identify […]

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The Law and Mental Disorder Association (LAMDA) has prepared an open letter to the anonymous donor of $100 million to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, urging that some portion of the very generous donation be directed to meet some of the needs of those suffering with mental health issues.  Perez Bryan Procope LLP […]

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On December 11, 2017, Alex is speaking at Osgoode Professional Development’s Legal Guide to Consent, Capacity & Substitute Decision Making program to provide an overview of the the Substitute Decisions Act, 1992 alongside Heather Mountford of Goddard Gamage LLP. The program attendees included lawyers, health practitioners and care facility administrators. […]

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