Tag Archives: financial abuse

An older woman stands at a window.

Case Study 1: Investing in a self-contained unit

Jan 

After the death of her husband five years ago, Jan felt isolated and lonely living alone at some distance from her family. Janher daughter Marie and her son-in-law Paul discussed Jan moving closer to them and being available for her grandchildren after schoolgiven that Marie and Paul struggled to get home from work until later in the evening. Jan also had some health issues and she wanted to be living somewhere she could get support if required. 

Jan sold her home and spent $120,000 building a self-contained unit on the property owned by Marie and Paul. Marie and Paul also insisted that Jan give them $85,000 in return for them providing her with a home for life and care as required. Marie explained to Jan that by providing the $85,000 to them Jan would be complying with Centrelink rules and would not lose her pension  read more

Case Study 2: Investing in family property

Diane 

Diane sold her home. She then contributed $250,000 towards the purchase of a large property shared with her daughter Nicole and son-in-law DavidDiane’s contribution was one quarter of the purchase price. 

Diane had a wing of the house for herself which included a bedroom, lounge and bathroom, but she shared the kitchen with the rest of the family. Diane’s financial interest was not listed on the property title because Nicole had said that she would not be able to get a mortgage on the property if Diane was on title.   read more

Legal documents titles Financial Elder Abuse.

Avoiding elder financial abuse

The Law Council of Australia has released a Best Practice Guide for Legal Practitioners in relation to Elder Financial Abuse 

The Guide assists legal practitioners in identifying and addressing potential elder financial abuse issues when preparing and executing wills and other advance planning documents. 

Law Council President Ms Pauline Wright, says it has never been more important for Australia and the legal profession to do more to ensure that the human rights of older persons are strongly protected.  read more

Our Practice – The Helpline

There has been a substantial increase in calls to the Seniors Rights Victoria confidential telephone helpline which provides information, support and referrals on weekdays from 10am to 5pm (excluding public holidays and between Christmas and New Year’s Day).

In 2016–17, the helpline service received 3379 calls (2696 previous year), of which 3285 were related to elder abuse or associated issues.

Women made up more than 75 per cent of all callers. However, we recognise that elder abuse can affect all older persons and cater our services accordingly. read more