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Substitute Decision Makers and Handwritten Wills

Substitute Decision Makers and Handwritten Wills

Join our speakers for the first webinar in the 2022 Estate Litigation series.

This presentation will focus on practical/planning considerations related to substitute decision making, address the benefits and risks of handwritten wills and what happens when substitute decision makers fail to meet their duties or abuse their power.

Substitute Decision Making – Power of Attorney versus Guardianship

This presentation will focus on practical/planning considerations related to substitute decision making. It will compare the role of an attorney (who is named in a power of attorney) with the role of a guardian (who is appointed by the court). It will cover the appointment process, the rights/powers of each substitute decision maker, the obligations of each substitute decision maker, standard of care, exposure to liability and other topics. The speaker will discuss the challenges that arise when an incapable person has not executed an enforceable power of attorney and a family member or other interested party is required to commence a guardianship application.

Speaker: Lily MacLeod,  Associate 

Handwritten Wills: Gifts that Give, but Not as You Intended

This presentation will address the benefits and risks of handwritten wills, including the legal and practical issues that arise when you handwrite your will. If you are determined to use a handwritten will, this presentation will provide guidance so that you can try to avoid the most common pitfalls. Suggestions will also be provided to minimize the chance of a dispute arising regarding your estate, so that your hard earned money will make its way to your loved ones as intended, rather than being spent on legal fees or avoidable taxes after your death.

Speaker: Alex Kotkas, Partner

When Substitute Decision Makers Abuse Their Powers

This presentation will look at what happens when substitute decision makers fail to meet their duties or blatantly abuse their powers. The speaker will provide an overview of what remedies are available and examine some cases involving the financial abuse of a donor/grantor by their appointed attorney. This presentation will also include a discussion of the role of the Public Guardian and Trustee in the protection of incapacitated adults.

Speaker: Janis Ko,  Associate

Agenda

  • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET / 9:00 am – 10:00 am PT Webinar and Q&A 

Cost

This webinar is complimentary 

Materials and Webinar Recording: If you are unable to attend the webinar but wish to receive the materials and webinar recording after, please click the “Materials and Webinar Recording” option at bottom of this page.



1Hours



Available Via Webinar

This program is eligible for up to 1 Substantive Hour with the Law Society of Ontario.

This program contains 1 hour of accredited content for the purposes of the Law Society of British Columbia’s annual Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements. The session has been loaded with the LSBC and is titled “Substitute Decision Makers and Handwritten Wills”. It is available for claiming through your LSBC Member Portal.

A confirmation of participation will be sent to you for your continuing education hours with the Barreau du Québec.

For CPD/CLE in other jurisdictions, please contact your local Law Society.

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Navy Pier Launches New Makers Market For Family-Friendly Events

Navy Pier Launches New Makers Market For Family-Friendly Events

Navy Pier will host an array of daily family activities for over two weeks to ring in spring break starting in April.

The free event is open to all and will run from April 1-17, officials said. Throughout the celebrations, families can sit in on baking demonstrations, interactive science experiments, jewelry-making classes and more.

“With so many new activities and events to take advantage of during the first two weeks in April, Navy Pier is the perfect spring break destination for those searching for unforgettable experiences,” Navy Pier president and CEO Marilynn Gardner said in a release. 

Scheduled activities include:

  • Baking demonstration April 2
  • Friendship bracelet and musical instrument workshop April 5
  • Ice cream sundae-building workshops and cocktail-making demonstrations April 4 and 11
  • Strawberry bouquet workshop April 6
  • Interactive science experiments April 12-13

To view the full spring break calendar, click here.

During the event, Lolita’s Bodega Artisan Market also will run simultaneously. The market will showcase nearly 60 vendors of arts, clothing, food, scents, jewelry and more.

Each market will consist of a two-hour “Makers Workshop” with hands-on demonstrations by the established artisans. 

Featured workshops include:

  • Los Amigos Books, literacy workshop to learn Spanish on April 2
  • Chetoni Designs, jewelry-making workshop April 8
  • Lady Sol, “Move Like a Goddess,” dance wellness workshop April 9
  • Meag Maldo, balloon decorations workshop April 14
  • Sky Lyte Inc., soy candle-making workshop April 16

More information about the market can be found here