Specializing in ethics and health law, I have been a member of the Quebec Bar since 1989 and hold a master’s degree in biomedical sciences, with clinical ethics option, from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Montreal.
My background as a lawyer, mother, caregiver and committed citizen has led me to take an interest in effect of caregiving on relationships and the complex situations that can arise in this context.
In the event of a diagnosis or over the course of a loss of autonomy, relationships are redefined between the person and her loved ones. They may also experience a sense of helplessness in the face of the challenge of familiarizing themselves with the medical, legal and structural information specific to the world of health care and social services. In these circumstances, it can be difficult to be heard and conflicts can occur.
I am convinced that an approach oriented towards reconciling the interests all the stakeholders is preferable to the judicialization of conflicts. I believe care decisions should be taken in court only in exceptional circumstances. Benevolence, respect and listening are at the heart of my approach.
Issues such as communication of information, personal and professional values and interpretation of current standards can be identified and prioritized in order to reach a negotiated solution. However, in other situations, in order to prevent or avoid abuse or neglect, or violations of fundamental human rights, the law provides that certain issues must be resolved before the courts.
It is essential to me that every person in a vulnerable situation should be represented and accompanied, whether in communicating with public bodies (healthcare facilities, social services) or before the courts. Too often, these persons (or their loved ones) are left alone or discouraged by the cumbersome nature of the system.
Driven by the desire to preserve, as far as possible, a trusting relationship between the vulnerable person, her caregivers and her relatives, I offer advice, conciliation and legal representation, as well as accompaniment and a neutral professional assessment of these complex situations.