Essential legal information for older people


Important legal information of particular interest to older people is contained in a new diary published by Legal Aid NSW and available free across NSW.

“The  Legal Topics for Older Persons Diary  covers 12 legal issues of special relevance to older citizens ”“ one topic each month,” said Lauren Finestone, acting Director of Civil Law at Legal Aid NSW.

“It covers a diverse range of subjects from wills, pension and aged care issues to consumer and family law matters, such as what to do when adult children do not want to leave home,” she said.

“Some legal issues occur mainly in the latter years of life, when people are often more unsure about where to turn for help, and this diary is an invaluable resource which gives them the guidance they need to tackle many of the issues.”

“Users of the diary can also learn about reverse mortgages, grandparents’ rights, how to handle disputes with neighbours, and what gifts they can give without affecting their pension,” she said.

“This diary gives older people the essential legal information they need, tells them where they can find help and strengthens their understanding of their legal rights.”

The diary, which is produced in large print, also contains literary quotes about getting older and short snippets of information, such as eligibility for a Seniors Card or how to provide for pets in a will. It also features a foreword from Professor the Hon Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO.

The  Legal Topics for Older Persons Diary  can be obtained from Legal Aid offices, local libraries and some community organisations or ordered online at


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