It’s Critical that Older Adults Know the Rights that Protect Them
Through a focus on giving seniors and their families the information they need to protect themselves, the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) is once again stepping up during Seniors Month to offer free sessions that will enhance understanding regarding the rights and obligations of older adults and their caretakers.
OBA member lawyers with extensive expertise in addressing the specific needs and legal challenges of older individuals will lead these discussions. They will cover various relevant subjects, such as legal solutions for combating financial exploitation of seniors, considerations related to capacity, and the significance of powers of attorney.
Scams targeting Canadian seniors have been on the rise in recent years:
- According to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, more than $9.2 million was reported lost to emergency scams last year, which include “grandparent scams” — an increase from $2.4 million in 2021;
- Seniors in Ontario were the hardest hit and were scammed out of more than $5.4 million in 2022.
“We can see from the stats that our parents and grandparents are increasingly becoming more vulnerable to scammers, so these sessions can give them or their caregivers a better understanding of the laws in place that protect their rights and give them some comfort and power,” says Amelia Yok Hing Yiu, chair of the OBA’s Elder Law Section Executive. “These sessions are just one way OBA members can connect with their communities, while providing critical legal information.”
See listing below for information on how to register for one of these sessions.
If you are interested in learning more about the OBA’s Speakers Bureau program, or you would like to arrange an information session (in-person or online) on this or another legal topic for your organization, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Ontario Bar Association
Established in 1907, the OBA is the largest voluntary legal association in Ontario representing over 16,000 lawyers, judges, law professors and law students. The OBA provides continuing professional development and advocates for improvements to the law in the interests of the profession and public.
For more information: Michael Speers
Media & Communications Specialist
416-869-1047 ext. 365
FREE PUBLIC SESSIONS
|DATE AND TIME
|June 13 @2:00 p.m.
Churchill Meadows Library, Program Room C
3801 St. Thomas Street, Mississauga
|Shanil Patel, Patel Kairys Law
||Admittance on the day of the activity is first come-first served.
|June 15 @2:00 p.m.
150 Woodbridge Avenue, Vaughan
Amy MacAlpine, Hummingbird Lawyers LLP
|Event and registration details.
|June 20 @11:00 a.m.
Oakville Public Library
|Jonathan Weigand, Kimel Law
||Register for virtual session.
|June 28 @7:00 p.m.
Milton Public Library
Teal Program Room
1010 Main St. E., Milton
|Jonathan Weigand, Kimel Law
||Event and registration details
|June 29 @1:30 pm
Orangeville Public Library
Orangeville Seniors Centre
26 Bythia Street
|Georgia Swan, TD Wealth
No registration required