As we age, we are confronted with decisions that can impact our quality of life, dignity, financial security and relationships. Some of the more complex decisions present legal issues that require a lawyer with specialist expertise and experience in the area of aged rights (also known as elder law).
There are few in our community more vulnerable than the elderly, especially those in the care of a nursing home or other aged care facility. Our highly trained and experienced aged rights lawyers will provide clear and compassionate advice on all elements of aged care law.
We provide Elder Law advice to the elderly and their families on:
● estate planning & asset protection, including wills and enduring power of attorney
● administration of estates & deceased estates
● estate disputes & litigation
● social security
● family law, including grandparents’ rights
● retirement village and residential aged care transactions
● property transactions including conveyancing
● advance health directives
● age discrimination
● disputes regarding capacity to sign documents and make decisions
● financial and physical neglect of the elderly
● superannuation entitlement claims
● guardianship of an elder
With a strong community background, Clewett Lawyers are committed to the prevention of what is commonly called ‘Elder Abuse’. Elder Abuse is where an ageing person is taken advantage of because of their age related vulnerability. It may also be where an older person experiences physical or emotionally abuse.
While there aren’t any firm statistics on elder abuse in the community, various international studies have suggested that between 5 and 20% of people over the age of 65 experience abuse. Planning ahead is the main preventative strategy for preventing elder abuse in the community.
There are an increasing number of resources available on Elder Abuse, and the prevention of it, and we will continue to update our resources to provide further information for the community and community organisations.
|Catherine Cheek||Glen McCracken|
You might find these articles helpful:
What is Elder Abuse?
Preventing Financial Abuse of people with Dementia
Enduring Power of Attorney – Do you have one?
Sharing a home with Family – What to be wary of
Disputing a Will
Elder Abuse – How can you help?
Advanced Care Directive
Moving into an Aged Care Facility – Who decides?
Residential Aged Care – When things go wrong
Aged Rights Articles