Dec
14

Congratulations to our Partner, Llana Nakonechny, who was appointed to the bench!

The partners of Dickson Appell LLP are thrilled to announce that, on December 13, 2018, our esteemed colleague Llana Nakonechny was appointed to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice by the federal justice minister, the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould. Llana will be replacing Justice F.P. Kiteley, who is elected to become a supernumerary judge. Llana began her distinguished legal career with her articles in the Ottawa firm of Aiken Greenberg and continued in Toronto at Lang Michener. In 1999, she joined…

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Oct
03

Upcoming presentation: Jane Martin on Eldercaring at the 21st Annual Trusts & Estates Summit

I am delighted to be speaking about Eldercaring Coordination, along with the talented mediator & family counselor Resa Eisen, at the 21st Annual Trusts and Estates Summit hosted by the Law Society of Ontario. This year’s Summit will be at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, on October 10 and 11. The October 10th program will be chaired by Clare Burns and Douglas Skinner and Resa and I will be presenting on the topic “What can parenting co-ordination teach…

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Oct
01

International Day of Older Persons

2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the 18th celebration of the ‘International Day of Older Persons’. In Canada there are more than 4.8 million persons over age 60 (including more than 6,500 people over the age of 100!). Worldwide, there are almost 700 million people over the age of 60, and the United Nations projects that by 2050, there will be 2 billion people, over 20 percent of the world’s population, over age…

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Jul
30
A brief walk-through of Mental Health Law

A brief walk-through of Mental Health Law

At a time like this, when our city witnesses the grave fallout of mental illness, people look for answers and explanations. Below is an overview of mental health law to help explain the system, as imperfect as it is. The Basic Premise Mental health law is based on the premise that everyone is capable to make their own health treatment decisions.  There is no age limit as to when a person can assert their own choice about treatment, thus even…

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Jul
12

Age of Consent and Medical Issues

When does a child have autonomy to decide about his/her own medical treatment? Who decides about access to a child’s health records? In Ontario, there is no specific age that determines when a child has the right to decide about his/her own medical treatment. A health care provider in Ontario must determine if the child has capacity to consent to treatment or refuse treatment. Readers may be surprised to learn that while parents may be consulted, it is the health…

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