Protecting Older Adults Rights : Legal Interventions and Supports for Older Adults
March 22nd, 2023
EAPO Annual Virtual Conference Series, 2023
Elder Abuse Interventions: Reducing Harm & Building Connections
Session: Protecting Older Adults Rights – Legal Interventions and Supports for Older Adults
Are you aware of your legal rights if someone harms you, exploits or mismanages your financial assets while acting as your attorney for property?
Accessing and navigating legal support and services can often be challenging for both older persons and service providers assisting seniors as they are unaware of the resources available, how and where to access them and the form of legal support provided. Depending on the elder abuse situation, legal intervention can involve both civil and/or criminal remedies, each having their own navigation pathway.
An expert panel of lawyers and directors from community based legal clinics that support and specialize in providing legal support to low income older adults,, including South Asian older adults. The panel members will outline their roles, province wide mandates and intake/triage process for responding to inquiries from seniors, families and agencies, as well as their outreach in collaborating with agency partners and community education on legal issues.
Through in-depth discussions, the experts will differentiate their services and programs offered, highlighting priority legal issues such as powers of attorney, gender-based violence, immigration issues, tenancy, consumer fraud, and abuse in care homes.
Participants will learn about their legal support and advocacy programs including, dismantling systemic racism, recovering assets, providing summary legal advice, protections related to consumer fraud, as well as engagement in legal representation in litigation cases in court on behalf of older adult clients to seek justice.
Please note: There is NO recording of this session!
Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO, CanAge: Canada’s National Seniors’ Advocacy Organization
Executive Director, Advocacy Centre for the Elderly (ACE)
Executive Director, Executive Director & Senior Lawyer, South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario (SALCO)
Deputy Director, Pro Bono Ontario
Session Resources and Website Links
Get Legal Help 1-855-255-7256
Hotline to help Create Powers of Attorney
ProBono Ontario – Brochure
South Asian Legal Clinic
Advocacy Centre for the Elderly