A recent case has shown the importance of the NSW Parliament inquiry into elder abuse.
Two siblings fraudulently obtained the transfer to themselves of their 75 year old mother’s home by convincing her that she was signing a power of attorney. The solicitor involved spoke to the mother only in English, leaving it to the siblings to translate as the mother only speaks Arabic. In lengthy and costly legal proceedings the mother was able to regain title to her property and was also awarded compensation for the solicitor’s involvement.
This case is just one example of why there is increasing concern about elder abuse in NSW. In reaction to this the NSW Parliament conducted an inquiry. The Australian Government recently showed its support for the inquiries’ recommendation to work on a pro-rights framework for the ageing population with the NSW Ageing Strategy 2016-2020. This will continue funding for a multitude of programs including the Black and White campaign which encourages planning ahead and includes a planning ahead tools website.
If you think it might be time for you to start planning ahead to ensure your future financial, health and lifestyle decisions are respected come and see our Estate Planning team.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is on the 15th of June, for more information about the Government’s response visit: https://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/committees/Pages/inquiryprofile/elder-abuse-in-new-south-wales.aspx