Elder Law is a book for the legal practitioners, financial advisors, allied health professionals and medical practitioners working with older Australians. It is also a comprehensive and practical book for academics teaching the elder law advisors of the future.
The book takes a multifaceted approach to the issues facing older Australians and is structured around key questions including:
Who will make decisions for me if I am unable to?
How can I record my decisions in advance so people can make decisions that align with my preferences?
What services are available to support me?
Where will I live?
How do I plan a secure financial future for myself and my loved ones?
It responds to these questions in 20 chapters, each written by experts who are actively engaged in the field. Chapters address issues such as: supported and substitute decision-making including substitute decision-making instruments; the roles of tribunals hearing guardianship and financial matters; the accommodation options available to older Australians and the financial implications of these choices; financial issues including superannuation and Centrelink benefits, and financial elder abuse; and older age discrimination.
About the Contributors
Table of Cases
Table of Statutes
Part I – Introduction
1. Overview of Elder Law
Karen Williams, Carolyn Sappideen, Michael Perkins and Sue Field
Part II – Your Capacity to Make Decisions
2. Tribunals and Statutory Authorities
3. Assessment of Decision-Making Capacity
4. Powers of Attorney
5. Enduring Guardianship
6. Advance Care Directives
7. Supported Decision-Making
Part III – Where You Live: Support Services and Accommodation Options
8. National Disability Insurance Scheme
Bill Madden, Janine McIlwraith and Ruanne Brell
9. Commonwealth Home Support Programme
10. Granny Flats
11. Boarding Houses
12. Mobile, Relocatable, Manufactured Homes and Lifestyle Resorts
13. Retirement Villages
14. Residential Aged Care Facilities and Home Care
Part IV – Funding Your Retirement: Sources of Income and Risk
15. Government Pensions and Benefits
17. Reverse Mortgages
Adam Steen and James Taggart
18. Financial Abuse
Teresa Somes and Eileen Webb
Part V – Your Estate
19. Your Estate
Robert Monahan and Julia Monahan
Part VI – A Fair Go