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Victoria's New Guardianship & Administration Legislation: Digesting the changes

Victoria's New Guardianship & Administration Legislation: Digesting the changes

Date & TimeThursday 28 November 2019 5.30–7pm
Format Seminar
Price

Member

$88.00

Non-Member

$121.00

CPD Units 1.5
  • Professional Skills
  • Substantive Law
Venue LIV Conference Room, Level 13, 140 William Street, Melbourne View Map

Acquaint yourself with the most extensive changes to Victoria’s guardianship and administration laws in over 30 years

Community Legal Centre member price: $66

Victoria’s Guardianship and Administration Act 2019 commences operation on 1 March 2020. The Act signals a significant paradigm shift, one more consistent with the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. 

This informative seminar will introduce lawyers practising in this jurisdiction to the most prominent changes of which they need to be aware of.

Further details below.

 

Program Overview

Further Details

  • Full Description

    Acquaint yourself with the most extensive changes to Victoria’s guardianship and administration laws in over 30 years.

    Victoria’s Guardianship and Administration Act 2019 commences operation on 1 March 2020. The Act signals a significant paradigm shift, one more consistent with the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. 

    This informative seminar will introduce lawyers practising in this jurisdiction to the most prominent changes of which they need to be aware of, including:

    • The shift from ‘best interests’ decision-making to decision-making which gives practicable and appropriate effect to the ‘will and preferences’ of represented persons
    • The legal test for assessment of decision making capacity
    • The introduction of supportive appointments by VCAT
    • Matters relating to VCAT procedural requirements
    • The duties and obligations of decision makers and supportive appointees. 

     

    Following the close of the seminar you are invited to enjoy complimentary drinks from 7 to 7.30pm.

    Community Legal Centre member price: $66

     

  • Presenters

    Claire McNamara, Legal Officer, Office of the Public Advocate
    Claire McNamara has worked at the Office of the Public Advocate (OPA) since 2005. Initially Claire worked as an Advocate/Guardian and since 2008 she has worked as a legal officer. Claire provides advice, training and resources for OPA staff and has also developed a number of information sheets for legal and health professionals about the Powers of Attorney Act and the Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act, which are available on OPA's website. Claire has a longstanding interest in advance care planning, medical substitute decision making and supported decision making and has delivered many presentations on these topics to legal and health practitioners. Claire is a member of both the LIV's Health Law Committee and Elder Law Committee. In 2013 Claire was the recipient of a LIV Certificate of Service.


    Kathy Wilson, Principal, Kathy Wilson Legal, Director, Law Institute of Victoria
    Kathy Wilson is the Principal of Kathy Wilson Legal and is an accredited specialist in Wills & Estates and a qualified Trust & Estate Practitioner.  Kathy has a background in property law; commercial litigation; succession and elder law with some 25 years' experience advising in wills and succession planning; complex probate applications; the resolution of disputes in wills, estates, elder law and guardianship matters.  Kathy serves on the Council of the Law Institute of Victoria; is chair of the Nominations and Remuneration Committee and a member of the Ethics Committee, Succession Law Committee and Elder Law Committee.  In addition to legal practice, Kathy holds numerous external board positions. Kathy is interested in legislative review and has been a member of the working parties established by the Victorian Law Reform Commission in its reviews of succession laws; guardianship laws and the forfeiture rule.  Kathy is also a regular contributor at professional and community legal education events.

     

  • Learning Outcomes

    By attending this seminar you will:

    • Understand the rationale behind Victoria’s comprehensive overhaul of the guardianship and administration legislative regime
    • Prepare your practice to optimise outcomes for clients with reduced decision making capacity