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Trusts and estates litigator Saman Jaffery tells Lawyers Weekly that a recent Law Commission of Ontario report, which sets out principles to consider when formulating legislation geared to older people, succeeds in highlighting where certain laws fail to take their needs into account.
“This is a very large demographic of our population and, without adequate supports and protection, they’re vulnerable. As people are living longer and the incidence of dementia in our older population is greater, we’re having to deal with these issues,” explains Jaffery, an associate with Hull & Hull LLP.
Jaffery tells Lawyers Weekly that she was pleased that the report highlighted the Substitute Decisions Act.
In a recent blog post on the topic, Jaffery explains that the Framework for the Law as it Affects Older Adults and its accompanying final report “aim to assist policy-makers, legislators, advocates, courts, community organizations, and others in understanding and evaluating the effects of laws, policies and practices on older adults, and aim to provide a foundation for law reform efforts concerning older adults.”