Financial abuse and forfeiture

The extension of the forfeiture rule to cases of abuse against the vulnerable and elderly, as has been done elsewhere, may deter abusive behaviour. By…

Retirement villages: a reality check

Despite recent bad publicity and superficial complexity, retirement villages are a simple proposition: they are relatively cheap to move into and stay in, and expensive…

Avoiding elder financial abuse: safeguards solicitors should have in place

The Law Reform Commission’s report, Elder Abuse – A National Response, recommends safeguards to minimise risk of abuse in cases of ‘enduring appointments’. By DARRYL…

Death benefit nominations & substitute decision makers: ALRC Elder Abuse Report

In the Elder Abuse Report, the Australian Law Reform Commission recommended review of the authority of those holding enduring powers of attorney.

Elder abuse: time for a national legal response

The issue of elder abuse in the context of pressure to make or change wills was one of the many topics considered by the ALRC…

Elder abuse: a national legal response

The Australian Law Reform Commission’s Report, Elder Abuse – A National Legal Response, included 43 recommendations for law reform which aim to achieve a nationally…

The beginning of the end of the castle: the age pension, aged care and the home

Eighty per cent of retirees own their home with little or not mortgage and are full or part pensioners. By RICHARD McCULLAGH.

ALRC wants your views in Elder Abuse Inquiry

A Law Refom Commission Discussion Paper includes 43 proposals to prevent, identify and respond to elder abuse. Submissions close on 27 February 2017. By MARIE-CLAIRE…

NCAT guardianship division’s reviews of enduring powers of attorney

Improvident and self-benefiting transactions by attorneys acting under an Enduring Power of Attorney are seemingly on the rise. By RICHARD McCULLAGH.

The tangled web of granny flat arrangements

A parent and child co-habiting with the intermixing of financial and proprietary interests is fraught with difficulties. By RICHARD McCULLAGH.