Volunteer lawyers needed for Bendigo Palliative Care Legal Program

Elderly hands on a walkerPalliative care patients often face legal end-of-life issues that affect their overall health and peace of mind. With this in mind, Loddon Campaspe CLC developed its Palliative Care Legal Program.

This program works with local solicitors and Bendigo Health staff to provide free and confidential legal advice to disadvantaged and vulnerable people in palliative and other high-care facilities.

Bendigo Health staff identify patients with urgent and unmet legal needs (e.g. to draft a will or Power of Attorney) and contact Loddon Campaspe CLC. We then put them in contact with a local lawyer who provides assistance on a pro bono basis. The patient is then treated as the client of that lawyer and the CLC has no further involvement other than reporting on statistical data.

If you are a current Loddon Campaspe CLC volunteer or interested in volunteering with this program, please join Russell Robertson (O’Farrell Robertson McMahon), Trevor Kuhle (Robertson Hyetts) and Clare Sauro (Loddon Campaspe CLC Legal Practice Manager) for an information session, CPD and lunch12.00pm, Thursday 27 October 2016 at the offices of O’Farrell Robertson McMahon (Level 1, 35 Queen St, Bendigo).

The session will cover:

  • Powers of Attorney Act 2014 update
  • Capacity (practical steps to assessing capacity and relevant case law)

Without the generous pro bono assistance of local lawyers this program would not be possible. But we need more volunteers. Volunteers must have experience in the relevant areas, but there is capacity to teach less experienced lawyers. Volunteer lawyers are required to provide assistance at least once per quarter.

Places are limited. Please RSVP to Elaine Harrington at elaine@lcclc.org.au

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