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The Seniors Legal and Support Service (SLASS) provides free legal and social work support for people over the age of 60 (or 50 in the case of Indigenous people) experiencing elder abuse, mistreatment or financial exploitation.
The service can assist where the exploitation or abuse are taking place as part of a family or informal care relationship.
The service provides:
- legal information and advice
- social work services
- short-term counselling
- advocacy on your behalf
- a referral to other legal, consumer and support services
- representation in court or before tribunals (in certain circumstances).
The service can help by:
- obtaining domestic violence protection orders
- developing safety plans
- supporting you to relocate to a place of safety
- providing advice on appointing or revoking a power of attorney
- providing information on protective strategies to manage your assets and prevent or stop financial abuse
- advocacy and negotiation on your behalf if you are a resident of a retirement village experiencing unfair contract terms and conditions
- advising on recovery of property or money following elder abuse or financial exploitation.
Seniors Legal and Support Service (SLASS) can provide help by phone, appointment at a service centre or they can visit you in your home or another safe location.
Seniors Legal and Support Service (SLASS) cannot provide assistance with estate planning or conveyancing.
Fraser Coast Seniors Legal and Support Service
The Seniors Legal and Support Service is a community service providing free and confidential legal advice and counselling support for seniors 60 years and over in the Fraser Coast community who are experiencing, or are at risk of, elder abuse, mistreatment or financial exploitation. Services include legal advice, representation and information, short term counselling, advocacy, referral and community education.
Elder abuse is any act
within a relationship of trust
which results in harm
to an older person.