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The Seniors Legal and Support Service (SLASS) provides free legal and social work support for older persons experiencing elder abuse, mistreatment, neglect or financial exploitation.
How SLASS can help me?
The SLASS lawyer and social worker will talk with you about what steps can be taken to address elder abuse including:
- steps to stay safe
- short-term counselling
- how to keep money and assets safe, or recover money or assets
- legal rights and options
- in certain circumstances, representing a client in court or before a tribunal.
You can decide whether you want SLASS to take action or not and if so, what option suits you the best.
Older persons experiencing abuse may contact the service directly. Family members and service providers may contact us to refer an older person for whom they hold concerns and SLASS will then contact the older person directly.
Seniors Legal and Support Service (SLASS) cannot provide assistance with estate planning or conveyancing.
What is elder abuse?
Elder abuse and financial exploitation usually occur within the family, but older persons may also experience abuse from carers, neighbours, friends or services.