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Older Persons’ Legal and Education Program

Who we are

The Older Persons’ Legal and Education Program is a specialist service of Legal Aid NSW run in partnership with The Aged-care Rights Service (TARS). We provide free legal information, advice and assistance to older people to promote and protect their legal rights.

Who we help

Older people with issues such as later life legal planning (wills, powers of attorney, guardianship appointments), granny flat issues, issues to do with family and financial arrangements, mortgage problems, debt, housing, consumer issues, social security and a range of other legal problems affecting older people.

How we can help

Advice and assistance

TARS gives free independent legal advice about all areas of law affecting older people through its Older Persons Legal Service (OPLS), including the areas listed above.

In some cases we may be able to help you with your legal problem beyond just giving you advice. For example, we may be able to write a letter or make a phone call for you, or take some other action to try to resolve your legal problem early.

Representation

We can prepare your case and represent you in court if you are eligible for legal aid.

Education

We also give talks for groups of seniors and community workers on topics like:

  • planning ahead (wills, powers of attorney, and appointments of enduring guardianship)
  • elder abuse
  • how to protect your assets if you want to help your family financially
  • reverse mortgages
  • grandparents issues

Contact us

Advice and assistance – contact TARS (http://www.tars.com.au/)

Education – for more information about a talk for your group call 02 9219 5924

Related information

We have produced a number of brochures on Legal Issues for Older People:

Note: some of these brochures have been translated into other languages. These brochures are also available in Audio CD format for people who have difficulty reading or who prefer information in this format.

Please view our case report summaries showing how the Older Persons’ Legal and Education Program is able to assist older people protect their legal interests.