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Growing Number Of Elders Push OBA Elder Law Section Into Action

The elder law section of the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) was launched as a response to the growing number of boomers heading into their golden years. Now the group explains the type of issues they will be addressing, and how they hope to protect elder rights related to financial decisions and end-of-life planning.

 

Elder abuse, pressure from caregivers or adult children, and how elders arrive at decisions for their end-of-life care can be hard to decipher during an estate dispute. An estate litigation lawyer can properly assess any undue influence on the testamentary documents of an elder person.

Issues Facing Boomers

According to a recent article in the Law Times, this new group will focus on the issues affecting older adults, such as financial abuse, health and financial decisions, and estate planning.

Many legal professionals realized they needed additional support and education on elder issues. As more case files related to estate law and elder law emerge, the OBA decided to launch a more focused approach to issues affecting elders.

Protection Through Education

In addition to financial, health and testamentary documents, the group will explore issues such as housing, illness, pensions and age discrimination. The purpose of the group is to educate legal professionals, the justice system and the general public on these issues as the population of elders increases.

According to the article, there were over 6 million people in Canada over the age of 65 as of 2016. This marked the first time this number was higher than the amount of people 14 years and under living in Canada at the same time.

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