OBA Empowers Seniors, Families with Free Legal Information Sessions

  • June 03, 2024

Older Adults Need to Know the Rights that Protect Them

In honour of Seniors Month, the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) is offering free sessions designed to equip seniors and their families with essential information to safeguard their rights. These sessions aim to enhance understanding of the legal rights and obligations of older adults and caregivers.

Led by experienced lawyers who specialize in elder law, these discussions will address crucial topics such as legal measures to prevent financial exploitation of seniors, capacity-related issues, and the importance of powers of attorney.

The need for such education has become increasingly urgent, as scams targeting Canadian seniors have surged in recent years. The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre reported more than $9.2 million lost to emergency scams, including “grandparent scams,” in 2022 — a significant increase from $2.4 million in 2021. Seniors were the most affected, losing more than $5.4 million.

“These most recent statistics clearly show that our seniors are becoming more vulnerable to scams,” said Kavina Nagrani, chair of the OBA’s Elder Law Executive. “By helping them and their caregivers develop a deeper understanding of the laws that protect them, we can provide them with some comfort and empowerment.”

See dates and times and registration for in-person and online sessions below.

On June 20, the OBA will be recognizing Elder Law Day with two professional development programs – a program for lawyers on Advanced Issues in Elder Law, and a program on Serving the Baby Boomer Generation: Your Aging Client Base). Also on June 20, the late Judith Wahl will be honoured for her contributions to law at the Award of Excellence in Elder Law Celebration. The longtime leader of the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly, Wahl was an elder law pioneer passionate about advocating for the rights of older adults

If you are interested in learning more about the OBA’s Speakers Bureau program, or you would like to arrange an online information session on this or another legal topic for your organization, please email speakersbureau@oba.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.

FREE PUBLIC SESSIONS

DATE AND TIME HOST SPEAKER REGISTRATION
June 12 @12:00 p.m. 

Oakville Public Library
VIRTUAL Session

Kavina Nagrani and Alison Costa, Nika Law LLP

Registration link to come.
Email library for details.

June 13 @7:00 p.m. Vaughan Public Library
VIRTUAL Session

Amy MacAlpine, Hummingbird Lawyers LLP

Event and registration details.
June 18 @12:00 p.m.

Halton Hills Public Library
VIRTUAL Session

Matthew Rendely, Loopstra Nixon LLP Register for virtual session.
June 18 @1:00 p.m.

Toronto Public Library
VIRTUAL Session

Kemi Ibitoye, Ibitoye Law Office Event and registration details
June 26 @11:00 am

Toronto Public Library  -
Fairview Branch
35 Fairview Mall Dr, North York
Room 1

Michelle Kang, Yang Wang Law

Event details