Nicole Garton-Jones of Heritage Law will present to the CBA BC Branch Alternative Dispute Resolution Section on Elder Law at its March meeting.
Elder and guardianship mediation is a new and growing field of practice that is also fraught with complex legal and ethical considerations for the mediator. This presentation will highlight the particular sensitivity and skills required to effectively mediate disputes involving an older adult, including issues of estate planning, powers of attorney, care giving, and lifestyle choices. Be prepared for upcoming changes to adult guardianship legislation involving mandatory mediation, as set out in the Adult Guardianship and Planning Statutes Amendment Act, 2007 (“Bill 29”). Elder and guardianship mediation will likely expand rapidly once these mandatory mediation provisions are brought into force.