Moores Announces New Practice - Elder Financial Abuse / Elder Law

31 January 2019

Pictured above: David Wells, Managing Principal and Jessica Latimer, Special Counsel at Moores
Pictured above: David Wells, Managing Principal and Jessica Latimer, Special Counsel at Moores

Moores is proud to announce the establishment of its Elder Law and Elder Financial Abuse practice. Moores is one of the only law firms in Australia to have a dedicated practice and expertise in this area.

David Wells, Moores’ Managing Principal, says “Developing a new practice in Elder Law and Elder Financial Abuse was brought about by the growing need to help our senior clients protect their wealth and provide them with specialist legal advice should financial abuse occur”.

“It also helps us support many of our Not-For-Profit and For Purpose clients who care for the elderly by providing training and advice around recognition, prevention and remediation of financial abuse to ensure their senior clients are receiving the best care, support and protection.”

Jessica Latimer is one of Australia’s leading Elder Financial Abuse Lawyers and heads up the Elder Law and Elder Financial Abuse practice. Jessica’s early career, before becoming a lawyer, was as a health therapist when she discovered first-hand some of the difficulties and vulnerabilities experienced by elderly people. As a practising lawyer for the last 12 years, Jessica’s expertise and passion is focused on protecting the elderly and righting the wrongs inflicted on them.

What is Elder law?

Elder law is an area that concerns all legal matters relevant to ageing. Elder law includes preparing intra-family loan agreements, granny flat agreements, assisting clients who are considering downsizing, advising on VCAT Guardianship and Administration matters, advising on legal issues concerning accommodation and care and advising clients who wish to financially assist their adult children with minimal risk.

What is Elder financial abuse?

Elder financial abuse is where vulnerable older clients have been taken advantage of by family, friends or a third party. Cases include being pressured into or forced to transfer property, assets or cash and misappropriation by a power of attorney. Vulnerable and older clients’ financial losses may not become apparent until funds are required for residential aged care or for a higher level of home care. We have successfully recovered residential property, shares and cash on behalf of our older clients. Our elder financial abuse practice also includes bringing claims against banks, financial advisers and other third parties who may be responsible for the losses of an older person.

Click here to learn more about Elder Financial Abuse and Elder Law.

Get in touch

If you would like to discuss how Moores could help your organisation or an individual in your care, please do not hesitate to contact Jessica Latimer, Special Counsel at Moores on 03 9843 2167 or fill out the enquiry form below.

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