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Serious Illness Planning

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30 minutes
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30 minutes
Kira Domratchev
Daren Heyland
Ian M. Hull
Kimberly Whaley
Toronto Lawyers Association (TLA)
1 hour
$99.00 plus tax
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We all know it’s important to designate an attorney for personal care for times when we can’t communicate medical care decisions for ourselves. However, most planning doesn’t go beyond making such a designation. Our thinking is limited to “end of life” decisions.

But what about serious illnesses that may not necessarily be terminal? What about ensuring that the designated attorney for personal care actually understands both the importance of the role they are to play, the values of the person they are representing and what it means to act in the grantor’s best interests?

Join Dr. Daren Heyland, Ian M. Hull and Kimberly Whaley as they discuss Dr. Heyland’s “Plan Well Guide” and how lawyers can support or advise their clients on the importance of planning for serious illness, particularly in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Kira Domratchev

Kira joined Hull & Hull LLP as an associate in 2017 following her call to the bar. She holds a J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School and a B.Comm. from Ryerson University. Prior to joining the firm, Kira served her articles at a prominent personal injury and commercial litigation boutique firm in Toronto where she was exposed to various aspects of civil litigation practice. 

While attending law school, Kira volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada, the Osgoode Business Clinic, the Community Legal Aid Services Programme (CLASP), the Osgoode Hall Mentorship Program and the Ontario Deputy Judges’ Association, amongst others. 

Daren Heyland

Dr Daren Heyland is a Critical Care doctor and a Professor of Medicine at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario Canada.  He also serves as the Director of the Clinical Evaluation Research Unit at the Kingston General Hospital which functions as a methods center for multicenter clinical research (See  For over a decade, he chaired a multidisciplinary research group which has had a focus on developing and evaluating strategies to improve communication and decision-making at the end of life. The results of their research informed the development of 2 novel, free, online decision support tools: and His current focus is disseminating awareness of these planning tools. His motto is “To live well, die well, you need to plan well!”

Ian M. Hull

Ian is a lecturer at the Ontario Bar Admission course and guest lecturer for the Canadian Bar Association and the Law Society of Upper Canada. He is also the author of four books on estate law issues – including the seminal Probate Practice, now in its fourth edition – and numerous articles.

Ian has an LL.B. from the University of Windsor and an Honours B.A. from the University of Western Ontario. He was called to the bar in 1990. He is a certified specialist in estate and trust law and civil litigation, a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. He was chosen by LawDay as one of the top 60 estate and trust lawyers for 2009 and 2010.

Kimberly Whaley

WHALEY ESTATE LITIGATION PARTNERS (WEL PARTNERS) a litigation firm in Toronto, practicing throughout Ontario and repeatedly ranked by Canadian Lawyer as one of Canada’s Top 5 & 10 Boutique Trusts & Estates Firms, practicing in the areas of Estate, Trust, Fiduciary Litigation including Power of Attorney Disputes, Fiduciary Accounting Applications, Guardianship, Applications for Dependants’ Support, and Elder Law. Kimberly is a non-practicing solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. Kimberly is designated as a Certified Specialist in Estates and Trusts Law by the Law Society of Ontario and is repeatedly recognized as a leading practitioner by Chambers, Lexpert, Lawday, Best Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell and Canadian Lawyer. Kimberly has held various executive board positions with the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners Worldwide (STEP) including Toronto Branch Chair, holding the designation, TEP. In 2019 Kim was presented with a book prize at the June STEP Toronto National Conference for the session planned and presented with colleagues on Capacity. In September 2019, presented with the award of STEP Toronto Volunteer of the Year. Kimberly is a Past Chair of the OBA Estates ad Trusts Section Executive, CBA Elder Law Section and OBA Elder Law Section and has been on other OBA/CBA executives and committees over a number of years. Kimberly is a frequent lecturer at various Universities and has been an Adjunct/Sessional Professor at the University of Toronto, Queen’s University and Western University.

Kimberly regularly presents and chairs programs with the Law Society of Ontario, and the Canadian and Ontario Bar Associations as well as within the community, at community centers, libraries, hospitals, Toronto and Ontario Police and with various other professional, governmental and not-for-profit organizations including International Federation of Aging (IFA), National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), Baycrest Foundation, GTA Accountants Network (GTAAN), and Portfolio Management Association of Canada (PMAC).

Kimberly is an active leader in the community in her elder law initiatives serving as Civilian Cochair on a Toronto Police Services Consultative Committee, as well as a reappointed member of the Ontario Securities Commission Seniors Expert Advisory Committee. Kim is a member of the Steering Committee for the Estate Planning and Litigation Forum, Cambridge Forums Inc. Kimberly is an invited member of The International Academy of Estate and Trust Law (TIAETL), and a Fellow of the Canadian Center for Elder Law (CCEL).

FunFacts: I scuba dive, I’ve hiked Machu Pichu, driven along most of the Californian Coast with my daughter (listening to every Taylor Swift song ever made along the way-forced upon me by my daughter, author of these funfacts), I’ve tried guinea pig and alpaca, swam with sharks (in all senses of the words), ran half and full marathons, white water kayaked, rappelled down multi story buildings, I take lots of pictures and now the proud owner of a new Nikon Z7, and have a mild but constant addiction to pomegranate.

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