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British Columbia Law Institute Report on Elder and Guardianship Mediation

The British Columbia Law Institute (“BCLI”) has released today a masterful report on Elder and Guardianship Mediation.

Follow this link to the full report:: http://www.bcli.org/sites/default/files/EGM_Report_Jan_2012.pdf

Peter Ramsay, Q.C., says on this report the following by way of background to the initiative:

“The Elder and Guardianship Mediation Project arose from a recognition that the reform of adult guardianship and substitute decision-making legislation contained in the Adult Guardianship and Planning Statutes Amendment Act, 2007 (commonly referred to as “Bill 29”) would impact significantly on mediation practices involving older participants which is already a new and growing area of practice. The time was right to embark on a research initiative. Ethical and practice issues unique to working with older clients, a review of guardianship mediation pilot projects previously explored in other jurisdictions, and collecting the wisdom of experts working in elder and guardianship mediation across North America all needs to be addressed.

The Elder and Guardianship Mediation Report is the culmination of three years of research and consultation on the complex and overlapping areas of elder mediation and guardianship mediation. This comprehensive report brings together material that will support mediation practitioners as well as leaders in elder and guardianship mediation working in policy and education. The report provides expert guidance in support of changes that need to be made in the province of BC when the existing adult guardianship mediation provisions are proclaimed.

Many leaders in elder law, elder mediation and guardianship have contributed their expertise to this project. We are most grateful to everyone who generously donated his or her time, and to the Law Foundation of British, which generously funded this project. The Law Foundation has been a long-time supporter of the work of the BCLI and the CCEL.”

Thank you to Laura Watts, LLB, Principal, Elder Concepts and Former National Director, CCEL for sharing this important piece of work with us.

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