Our Elder Law Services provide personal, specialised legal advice to help older people and their loved ones through important decisions such as wills, living arrangements and care.
Elder Law is all about assisting and protecting older people by providing a range of legal services, sometimes involving family members, close relatives and friends.
Margie O’Neill at DLO has extensive expertise in this area of law, giving tailored legal help to seniors on important life decisions. We always act with empathy and treat clients with dignity to ensure complete peace of mind for everyone involved.
As your elder care lawyer, DLO can offer legal help for seniors ranging from wills to appointment of decision-makers in the event of incapacity, Power of Attorney and Enduring Guardianship. Our legal services for the elderly also extend to advice relating to disputes and abuse.
Contact DLO Lawyers, your elder law lawyer for the Northern Beaches, to see how we can help you or your loved ones get specialised legal help for seniors.
As eldercare lawyers, we can provide legal services in the following areas.
As older people begin to face issues like illness and declining mobility, the decision to seek alternative living arrangements such as long-term care might be on the horizon.
An elder care lawyer can provide sympathetic legal advice and support as you negotiate this transition.
We all know wills are an essential document for everyone, especially the elderly.
Even if you have a will, it is always worth making sure it is up to date with all family members and has taken into account any changes in circumstances that may have occurred.
General and Enduring Powers of attorney
Alongside a Will, a Power of Attorney is the other essential arrangement to have in place. When you die, a Power of Attorney allows someone else, such as a family member, to make decisions relating to property and finances on your behalf.
As elder law lawyers, DLO can make these important arrangements for you, giving you peace of mind in case the worst should happen.
An enduring guardian is a trusted person you appoint to make health, lifestyle and medical decisions for you once you no longer can. You can appoint your nominated person to this important position yourself. DLO can help with this elder law service to ensure the process runs smoothly and your wishes are respected.
Advanced Care Directives
Alongside your enduring guardianship, you may also want to leave directions about your healthcare and treatment. This is called an Advanced Care Directive. Also known as a living will, it is essential to seek the help of an elder law expert like those at DLO in order to make sure your requests are made clear.
A guardianship application is an elder law service which can be complex and difficult.
Guardianship can be granted when the elderly person in question is no longer able to make informed decisions due to conditions like Alzheimer’s, dementia or other serious illness. In some cases, it might be the only option open to a family to ensure the best decisions are made on behalf of their loved ones.
We are able to handle guardianship applications with the right amount of sensitivity and care.
Sadly, elder abuse is becoming more and more common. Luckily, when you engage someone who understands legal services for the elderly, there is much that can be done.
Elder abuse can take many forms, including financial abuse.
If you or someone you care about is experiencing elder abuse, then contact DLO right away to find out what legal avenues might be open to you and how we can assist older people in getting out of these situations.
Elder Law Mediation
Sometimes, situations involving family members and elder law can get tricky when dealing with emotional issues like living arrangements, inheritance, family members and decision-making.
DLO can provide elder mediation and dispute resolution services, to help diffuse and resolve complex issues.