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Elder Lawyers - NSW

Elder Law Services in NSW

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As we grow older we are faced with making a number of important decisions. These decisions can impact our quality of life, dignity, financial security and relationships (family and friends). While some of these decisions are straight forward choices regarding retirement, others are quite complex and can often require legal advice to ensure you make the right decision... for both you and your family.

The legal issues surrounding these decisions are unique to the aging and elderly, and thus require a law firm with expertise and experience in this area of law. Our Wills & Estates Team can provide you with friendly, clear and personalised advice that is tailored specifically to your situation. We can provide you and your family with the assistance you need to be able to make informed decisions that relate directly to your particular needs.

Our team can assist you in the following areas of Elder law:


Retirement Villages & Residential Aged Care Facilities

In Australia, the retirement village and aged care sector is currently facing a number of issues that have given rise to complexities surrounding elder law. These issues include:

1. Navigating the Market

We have an aging population. In 2007 the median age of Australians was 36.8, by 2056 it will have risen to 45.2 (ABS). The proporation of elderly Australians (over 65) will also increase from 13% to 25% at the same time. Unfortunately, the construction of new aged care facilities has not been in line with our aging population, which means the market is currently very tight, competitive and expensive.

As a result, there are now only a limited number of spaces available in retirement villages and other aged care facilities, which shifts most of the power into the hands of the facility operators. These days, it is common for operators to put a strict eligibility criteria in place to limit the number of applicants. We can help you make the right decision, instead of being forced into the wrong one because of market pressures. We'll also assist you by going over the eligibility criteria of any facility you wish to enter, to ensure you meet it before applying.

2. Choosing the Right Option

Elderly Lawyer Specialists in NSWThe needs of our aging population are changing rapidly. Our aging population requires specially-designed accommodation and unique lifestyle environments. This includes having access to technology, translators and transport. Gone are the days where aged care facilities were considered to be a 'one-size-fits-all' solution to accomodate the elderly.

Now, there are a vast number of options to consider when choosing your future accomodation, all of which have their own pros and cons. Due to market pressues mentioned earlier, it's common for people to choose hastily simply because there has been an opening at a facility. We help you choose the right option by taking the time to understand your needs, financial standing and lifestyle. We assist you by taking an objective look at all your options to provide you with clear advice, ensuring you choose the best option.

3. Understanding the Contract

Aged care facility contracts are more complex than they have ever been. This is a direct result of ever-changing Government regulations, taxation and superannuation issues, risk management issues and a rising number of claims. In many cases, moving into an aged care facility has become more complicated than moving into another residence because:

  • There is an ongoing provision of services that need to be taken into consideration. You (the resident) must pay an ongoing contribution to these costs, similar to paying strata levies.
  • There is a lot of confusion about the costs involved in moving into a retirement village (or other aged care facility) and what happens to your Estate when you leave the village or pass away. Depending on the facility, there are a number of fees you must take into consideration when moving out that could result in costs ranging from a few thousand dollars to over $100,000.

We can assist you by helping you understand the contract's terms and conditions so you and your family are fully aware of the short-term and long-term implications of any decision you make regarding your future.

Contact us today on 1800 994 279 or send us an email.


Convenience & Costs

Convenience

We are focused on providing elderly Australians with convenient and accessible legal services. We have 3 offices conveniently located across NSW (Newcastle, Tuggerah & Sydney CBD).

We also understand that it is not always possible for our clients to make it to one of our offices. For this reason, we can attend your your residence if it is located within a reasonable distance from our Newcastle office.

Finally, for those who have the technical capability, we also offer Skype video appointments, which allow you to speak with one of our Elder law experts all from the comfort of your home.

Costs

For ease of mind, we offer a fixed fee service for handling your entry into a retirement village or other aged care facility. Regardless of the residence you choose or the length of the facility's contract.

The costs for our services can be easily determined by calling us on 1800 994 279 for a free initial phone consultation. To provide you with an accurate estimation of costs, we first need to ask you a few clarifying questions.

 

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