Articles written by: Joyce Blond Frank

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Legal Ease: Learning about “made-in-Quebec” wills

It is important for everyone, no matter how young or old, to make a will. If you fail to do so, you will die “intestate” and the consequences for your loved ones may not be what you had hoped for. If you do not have a will, the law of […]

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Legal Ease: Travel insurance strips away complications

Getting sick on vacation without private insurance can lead to all kinds of trouble. Understandably, Quebec doesn’t want to subsidize health care obtained outside the province. Getting reimbursement for such care is exceptional and subject to specific conditions found in the Health Insurance Act. To benefit from coverage you must […]

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Love and marriage, wills and pensions

Unlike the social and legal situation of parents and children in the past, today mothers and fathers have the same rights and obligations with regard to their children. The rights of parental authority and the obligations to maintain, support and educate belong equally to each. The law tries to keep […]

Mother’s Day: Love isn’t an obligation, but respect is
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Mother’s Day: Love isn’t an obligation, but respect is

Why do I expect a phone call from my children on Mother’s Day? Why did I always feel a duty to call my own mother? Where’s the law creating this obligation? Well, there isn’t one, at least not here in Canada. The early Romans worshipped the goddess Cybèle as the […]

In Quebec, there were close to 116,400 workers 65 and over in 2013. (stock.xchng)
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Working long past retirement age has become the new normal

By Peter Wheeland If you think you’re seeing a lot more people over 50 in the Canadian workforce these days, it’s no mirage. Baby boomers are still having a major impact on the economy, the most significant of which is the rapid growth in the number of people working well […]

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Legal Ease: 52 years of practicing law in an ever-changing landscape

Spring is the season of hope and optimism. Some look for the first crocus leaf, some fall in love or start looking for a new home, others decide to retire. I’m in the last category. April 1, instead of being a practicing attorney I became a member of the bar […]

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Legal Ease: The values in this charter protect the vulnerable

As spring approaches, so do thoughts of moving. Many seniors choose to move into a private residence that offers various services. It is important to remember that such a residence is operated as a business. If it stops earning money, it may close. How do we balance the rights of […]

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Legal Ease: Storm clouds over your travel plans?

What better way to experience friendship or romance than a lovely vacation together? One December, friends purchased tickets from a local travel agent for a trip to London, England, where they would spend several days before travelling by train to Paris. They were scheduled to leave May 17. They reserved […]

Legal Ease: Vulnerable citizens in need of white knight
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Legal Ease: Vulnerable citizens in need of white knight

A directive has been issued as part of Program 68 by the Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de Montréal that will affect some of our most vulnerable citizens—those recovering in hospital. Once stabilized—that is, no longer in need of hospital care—a patient is to be discharged within […]

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Legal Ease: Rent is more than where you live

Special rules with regard to leases came into effect in 2011. The obligatory lease form included an annex with a list of services of a personal nature to be provided to seniors and handicapped persons. These new laws applied to leases in seniors residences and to personal assistance services, such […]