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Law Council of Australia


Best Practice Guide for Legal Practitioners in Relation to Elder Financial Abuse

22 September 2020

In its 2017 report, Elder Abuse: A National Legal Response, the Australian Law Reform Commission proposed that best practice guidelines be developed for legal practitioners in relation to the preparation and execution of wills and other advance planning documents.

The Law Council of Australia makes the following suggestions as to the best measures which legal practitioners can adopt to mitigate risks, and to identify and respond to the situation of clients who are potentially subject to elder financial abuse. This document is based on the Law Society of New South Wales’ Guide. It will be reviewed by the Law Council of Australia after two years of operation.


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