ELDER LAW & ESTATE PLANNING LEGAL RESOURCES
The BC Centre for Elder Advocacy and Support (BC CEAS) is a non-profit organization in British Columbia, Canada devoted to advocating and protecting the legal rights of the elderly and providing supportive services to older adults who have suffered abuse and neglect. BC CEAS offers advocacy, support, and education to prevent elder abuse and support victims. The organization’s website provides extensive information and materials for older adults and families faced with the challenge of overcoming or avoiding abuse or neglect of seniors.
The Public Guardian and Trustee (PGT) is a corporation established under the Public Guardian and Trustee Act dedicated to protecting the physical, personal, financial, and legal interests of adults who require assistance as well as the administration of estates of those who have passed away. As indicated on the organization’s website, PGT is obligated to observe prudent business practices according to common law and statutory fiduciary standards that constrain the actions of a Trustee. The organization also provides older adults experiencing abuse and neglect and their families with supportive services and resources.
The Canadian Centre for Elder Law (CCEL) is a national non-profit organization devoted to legal issues that impact older Canadians. The objective of the CCEL involves education on legal issues, legal reform, and research regarding issues that impact the elderly. The agency provides extensive educational materials and resources related to emerging or commonly overlooked issues involving older adults.
The Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre (NIDUS) is a private charitable organization that promotes future planning for incapacity and end-of-life decisions. NIDUS also serves as a centralized Registry for estate planning documents to ensure the intentions and objectives of seniors are identified and respected.
The British Columbia Association of Community Response Networks (BC CRN) provides support and funding for local Community Response Networks and older adults exposed to abuse and neglect. A CRN is a diverse collection of interested members of the community who work cooperatively to develop community responses to adult abuse and neglect. BC CRN provides materials, support, small project funding, and training to support CRNs. The objective is to aid local CRNs in prevention and education regarding elder abuse and neglect.
Community Living British Columbia (CLBC) is funded by the Ministry of Social Development to provide individuals with disabilities and special needs and their families with services and supportive resources. The CLBC provides funds that enables qualified disabled adults to pay for services or obtain support from organizations that receive money from CLBC and provide supportive services to disabled individuals and their families.
Health Link BC provides information on a wide array of health related topics, medications, which include many pertaining to older adults, such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.