We help older people facing complex legal problems that arise from elder abuse. By connecting people with our network of pro bono lawyers, we provide them with access to free legal help to navigate the legal system and end elder abuse. We also partner with government and community services to help identify legal need and ensure older people can assert their rights.
What is elder abuse?
Elder abuse is where someone an older person expects they can trust acts in a way to cause the older person harm or distress. This might be a friend or family member, or a health or aged care worker. This abuse might take various forms – physical, sexual or psychological abuse, neglect or financial abuse.
How we can help
The law isn’t always the best or the only way to resolve elder abuse, but it can help stop or prevent abuse. We connect older people with our network of pro bono lawyers, who can help with:
supportive decision making (guardianship and administration)
financial abuse, including misuse of powers of attorney; debts and loans; transfer of title to property
contract matters involving undue influence or other unfair conduct
disputes about arrangements where assets are given in exchange for the promise of care
Do you need legal help?
Legal help can make a big difference to people at risk of elder abuse. However, many older people seek advice very late, when responses can be costly, difficult and stressful.
knowmore is an independent service for survivors of institutional child abuse. knowmore identified a gap in legal assistance for their clients who they help with claims under the National Redress Scheme: many do not have a will.
Through this established referral pathway, we can find a pro bono lawyer to draft a will for knowmore clients to ensure their redress claim can continue even if they pass away during the process.