We were pleased to participate recently in the launch of the University of Newcastle Law School Older Persons Legal Clinic.
The clinic began seeing clients over 12 months ago, but the launch was delayed due to COVID-19. The Clinic used this opportunity to reflect on the successfulness of their first 12 months in which they saw over 350 clients and provided advice on over 450 matters.
The Clinic offers free legal advice and assistance to people aged 60 years and over and to Indigenous people aged 50 years and over.
The Older Persons Legal Clinic is staffed by lawyers and law students and can offer information, referrals and advice on matters such as wills, family law, neighbourhood disputes, tenancy issues, disputes with government departments and elder abuse and care issues.
Catherine Henry Lawyers is pleased to have been invited to work collaboratively with this innovative community legal service to provide support, advice and representation to some of the most vulnerable people in our society – older people.
At the online launch, the NSW Attorney General The Hon. Mark Speakman SC MP congratulated the Clinic on a successful first year and recognised the important role community legal centres play in providing the most disadvantaged members of society with access to vital legal advice and representation.
“Elder abuse is a terrible scourge on our society” Speakman said. He emphasised the importance for older people experiencing abuse, especially those facing hardship and difficulties due to COVID-19, to be informed of their legal rights and options and receive legal representation when they need it most.
We at Catherine Henry Lawyers recognise the importance for older persons to get legal advice and representation; especially older persons planning for the future, considering or living in a retirement village or residential aged care, experiencing elder abuse or who have been significantly affected by COVID-19.