Category Archives: Legal

Welcome to new staff

Seniors Rights Victoria is delighted to welcome two new members to the team this month.

Melanie Joosten is our new Policy Officer and her focus is on developing Seniors Rights Victoria policy on elder abuse in the context of family violence and the ongoing reforms resulting from the Royal Commission into Family Violence. Melanie comes to us from the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) where for the past 5 years she has been contributing to research on health promotions, and more recently, elder abuse. The elder abuse research at NARI was done in collaboration with Seniors Rights Victoria and drew on our growing body of data about abuse of older people.

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Free Legal Matters & Ageing Forum 21st Feb 2017

A forum covering all aspects of Enduring Powers of Attorney and Wills in a lively and interactive way. Receive a free kit ‘Take Control – A Guide to Making  Enduring  Powers of Attorney’ and learn all about Wills and have your questions answered  in Legal Bingo. Please see attached  flyer.



Tuesday 21st February 10:30am—12:30 pm

Venue: Caulfield Park Pavilion

Forum flyer

Call for Abstracts for the 2016 National CLCs Conference, due 6 April 2016

Call for Abstracts for the 2016 National CLCs Conference, due 6 April 2016.

The 2016 National CLCs Conference – to be held from 10-12 August in WA –  will showcase the innovative and collaborative work of the CLC sector. It will provide opportunities for the sector to share and learn from each other, from partner organisations and communities, and from other experts in the legal assistance field. It will demonstrate and celebrate the fundamental role played by CLCs in driving better justice outcomes within our communities and society as a whole.

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Changes to Legislation on Powers of Attorney

poaVictorian legislation on powers of attorney will change on 1 September 2015. A power of attorney allows a person with decision making capacity (the principal) to appoint another person (the attorney) to make certain decisions on behalf of the principal. The Victorian legal framework for powers of attorney will change on 1 September 2015, with the commencement of the Powers of Attorney Act 2014 (POAs Act). (A copy of the POAs Act can be found at Powers of attorney valid under current legislation will continue to be valid after the new legislation commences. The POAs Act does not affect medical powers of attorney.

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Legal matters for older fellas

The successful Legal Matters for Older Fellas Forum at Melton on 11 June 2014 was attended by 40 people, mostly older men, who were keen to find out more about arranging their legal affairs.
Seniors Rights Victoria is now partnering with more councils in the Melbourne metropolitan area to hold further forums. The Legal Matters for Older Fellas Forums are free and are aimed at men over 55 years of age. The Forums are entertaining, informative and provide time for questions and answers on issues related to Wills, Enduring Powers of Attorney and Family Agreements. Those attending receive a free kit on Enduring Powers of Attorney and other information relevant to men.

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