Last week, the OBA presented the program Working with the Accountant of the Superior Court of Justice and the Office of the Children’s Lawyer. While estate practitioners in Ontario are invariably familiar with the Accountant of the Superior Court of Justice (ASCJ), there are many misconceptions about the ASCJ and the different roles the ASCJ plays.
Linda Waxman from The Office of the Children’s Lawyer discussed the role of the ASCJ when payments are made into court on behalf of minors. She spoke on the Minors’ Funds Department and the fiat procedure, payments into court and guardianship applications. Information was provided as to some of the benefits of a payment into court versus a guardianship application. One advantage of a payment into court on behalf of a minor is flexibility. The Children’s Lawyer has no authority to amend a management plan and a guardian of a minor has to apply to court to revise the guardianship order for an expense not authorized under the management plan.
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