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Legal issues for older people

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There are many legal issues of interest to older people including wills, powers of attorney, guardianship, family, financial arrangements, mortgage problems, debt, housing, consumer issues, social security and elder abuse.  Group of happy people

How do I make a will? How can I ensure my wishes are followed if I become incapacitated?

Check these resources to find information about making a will and planning ahead.

Planning ahead tools has information and videos on wills, power of attorney, enduring guardianship and advanced care directives.

Speaking for myself: planning for later life decision-making is a short and easy to understand guide to wills, power of attorney, enduring guardians and advanced care directives. 

Rest assured: a legal guide to wills, estates and funerals in NSW is a plain language guide to wills, estates and funerals and deals with issues including making or changing a will, planning ahead and probate.

The Wills, estates and funerals chapter of the Law handbook covers topics including making, changing or revoking a will and proving for future incapacity.

Need more info?

Learn more about legal issues affecting older Australians or visit your local public library. Your local library has the Find Legal Answers Tool Kit, a collection of plain language law books to answer everyday questions about the law.

The Seniors Rights Service is a community legal centre that protects the rights of older people. They provide telephone advice, advocacy, legal advice and educational services. You can also see our Getting help page to find other sources of free legal help.