Alex Procope and Kim Whaley from WEL Partners co-chaired the recent Ontario Bar Association program: Your Comprehensive Guide to Section 3 Counsel. PBP Partners Mercedes Perez  and Kelley Bryan joined the faculty of several leading capacity practitioners. This was the first full-day professional development program on this important role. Section 3 counsel is appointed for […]

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Alex Procope joined Audrey Miller from Elder Caring Inc. and Jane Martin a on a panel discussing Critical Considerations for Older Clients Transferring Real Estate on September 30, 2020. The panel was part of the Ontario Bar Association: Program Utilizing Real Estate Transfers for Estate Planning Purposes. The program was presented jointly by the Real […]

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SDA Case Law Update – Can Section 3 Counsel Be Forced to Testify Against Her Own Client On Aug 6, 2020, Justice Gilmore of the Toronto Estates List released an endorsement on an interesting issue where an adverse party attempted to compel evidence from Section 3 counsel. Section 3 Counsel as you may know is […]

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Alex Procope and Tess Sheldon will be virtually co-teaching Mental Health and the Law beginning in the fall 2020 term at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law. The seminar course is being offered to 2L and 3L students. It will focus on the civil and criminal mental health legal systems and related history, controversies […]

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Alex has been re-elected to the executives of the Ontario Bar Association‘s Elder Law section as co-CPD Liaison with Matthew Rendely and the Trusts and Estates Law section as a member-at-large for the 2020-2021 term. These sections organize professional development programming and networking events, prepare submissions and analysis of new and evolving areas of law among other […]

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Alex Procope will be discussing incapacity and estate planning at a webinar organized by The Canadian Association of Black Lawyers taking place on April 30, 2020. The COVID-19 crisis has pushed estate planning documentation to the front of mind for many of us and the panel will be outlining what documentation is important and what […]

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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 commented on two capacity cases in an article in this month’s The Walrus magazine. The article: Why Aren’t We Free to Age on Our Own Terms? discusses Public Guardians and incapacity findings across the country and is a great read. Disputing an incapacity finding is unfortunately not a straight forward task. The path to […]

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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 October 18, 2019, Alex returned to guest speak on the topic of advocacy in capacity law practice the Windsor Law Mental Health and the Law course. Topics included professional ethics and personal morality, avoiding paternalism, client-directed advocacy, maintaining independence and the practical retainer issues in a social justice advocacy role. […]

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