Elder Abuse Workshop
Seniors Rights Victoria (SRV), Federation of Community Legal Centres (Vic) and Victoria Legal Aid invite you to attend a training workshop on a new SRV publication Assets for Care: a guide for lawyers to assist clients at risk of elder abuse.
Abuse of older people is becoming a significant and growing phenomenon. Majority of calls to Seniors Rights Victoria are to do with financial abuse and mostly ‘assets for care’ situations – where the older person disposes of assets, such as their house, in exchange for a promise of care and accommodation. This workshop will assist practitioners on strategies to recognize financial abuse or to identify when a person is vulnerable. The guide assists lawyers to identify when financial abuse may be occurring and offers tips on both prevention and causes of action.
Why lawyers need to know about financial abuse of older people
Recognising financial abuse
Legal practitoners’ role
SRV experience 1
Capacity – strategies to reduce risk
Other preventive measures: For example, family agreements, Centrelink issues.
SRV experience 2
What legal action can be taken? For example, equity law, contract, caveats.
Substitute decision-making: powers of attorney, guardianship and administration
Case study workshops
Break into groups and discuss prepared case studies.
Identify legal issues and strategies to prevent abuse, reduce its seriousness or consider legal action.
Report back on case studies
Carol Stuart has returned as one of the Principal Solicitors for Seniors Rights Victoria having recently worked at Springvale Monash Legal Service as Legal Practice Manager. Carol has had a longstanding interest in issues affecting Senior Victorians. She was, for example, on the working group that established Seniors Rights Victoria. Carol has also worked as Legal Practice Manager at Barwon Community Legal Service and in private practice.
Anita Koochew is a Community Lawyer with Seniors Rights Victoria. Anita has also worked for State Trustees (Estate Planning) and in private practice.
Louise Kyle is the Legal Project Worker for Seniors Rights Victoria and the writer of the lawyer’s guide – Assets for Care. Louise has a long career as a community legal education and development worker, research consultant and teaches about the law to tertiary-level students at Universities and TAFE Colleges.
|Date & time||Friday 22nd of June 2012 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM|
|Location||Lionel Murphy Centre, 360 Queen Street, Melbourne|
|Other||Please note that video conferencing will be available for the 10–11 am lecture only. There is no need to register via the Federation CLC website, but you will need to inform the regional VLA office of your intention to attend.|
|Cost||There is no cost to attend this workshop, however places are limited so for those who can attend in person registration is required.|
|Closing date||Applications for this event close on 21/6/2012|
Applications for this event closed at 21/6/2012 5:00 pm