New elder abuse resource for lawyers

Financial abuse is the most prevalent form of elder abuse seen by Seniors Rights Victoria. It most commonly occurs within families where informal arrangements have been made involving a transfer of assets in exchange for care and accommodation. The older person is often left without adequate resources for their retirement and their relationships with those closest to them suffer. Untangling such arrangements can be fraught and obtaining legal redress is complex.

So it’s fitting that on the eve of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), Seniors Rights Victoria will launch their new education resource – Assets for Care: a guide for lawyers to assist older clients at risk of financial abuse.

The guide recognises that lawyers can play an important role in identifying and preventing the financial abuse of older people. It also recognises that a lack of awareness and careless advice puts both lawyers and clients at risk, particularly where clients may be subject to undue influence.

This practical guide will help lawyers to deal with older clients who wish to dispose of their assets in exchange for care or accommodation.  It will help lawyers to:

  • detect actual or potential abuse
  • understand their role, duties and responsibilities
  • advise on reducing the potential for abuse
  • access remedies when abuse has occurred
  • refer clients to services that can help

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the Honourable Marilyn Warren, and the Victorian Attorney General, the Honourable Robert Clark, will launch the guide. The guide has been funded by a grant from the Legal Services Board. The launch will take place at the Supreme Court Library, Melbourne, at 6pm on the 14th of June 2012. This is an INVITATION ONLY event.

Following the launch, the guide will be available in hard copy or by downloaded from the Seniors Right Victoria website.

Bendigo Lunchtime Workshop

To acquaint local lawyers with the guide, Seniors Rights Victoria and Loddon Campaspe CLC are holding a lunchtime workshop for local legal practitioners.

When? Thursday 28 June 2012, 12.30 – 2.00pm

Where? Advocacy & Rights Centre Boardroom, Cnr Mitchell & Queen Streets,  Bendigo

RSVP? Wednesday 20 June

Enquiries? Louise Kyle, Legal Project Worker, Seniors Rights Victoria, (03) 9655 2143

A free light lunch will be provided.


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