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Legal information for older people

Find legal information 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.

The law handbook: your practical guide to the law in NSW

The Law handbook provides a practical guide to legal issues which affect people in their everyday lives.


Legal issues for older people A series of pamphlets from Legal Aid NSW

Adult children living at home

Explains what you can do if you are an older person who is sharing your home with an adult child, and you want them to leave.

Are you a grandparent? Your legal questions answered

Explains what legal options you have if you are a grandparent who is raising grandchildren, denied contact with grandchildren or if you are concerned about your grandchildren's welfare.

Are you experiencing violence or abuse? You can make it stop

Explains what you can do if you are an older person who is experiencing violence or abuse from a partner, another family member or other person. 

Helping your family financially? Understand the risks

Explains what you need to think about before you decide to lend money to a family member.

Moving in with the family? Make sure you protect your interests

Explains what you should think about before you enter into a ‘granny flat arrangement’.

They want me to leave

Explains what you can do to avoid losing your home after your partner dies.

Why make a will?

Explains why you should make a will and the steps to take.

Who will decide for you if you can't decide for yourself? Think about planning ahead

Explains how you can plan ahead for the situation where you may no longer be able to make decisions for yourself due to illness, injury or age.

Your home and the age pension

Explains how downsizing, moving into a granny flat, retirement village or other accommodation changes could affect your pension.

Legal issues for older people pamphlets

You can order copies, print them, and find some of the pamphlets in community languages at Legal Aid NSW. Select the 'older people' topic.

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Rest assured: a legal guide to wills, estates, planning ahead and funerals in NSW

This book explains wills and the legal processes when someone dies.  


Speaking for myself: planning for later life decision-making

A short and easy to understand guide to wills, power of attorney, enduring guardians, and advanced care directives.

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Seniors guide to consumer rights in NSW

Designed for seniors, this guide from NSW Fair Trading gives information on consumer rights.

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