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Seniors Legal and Support Service (SLASS)

How can the Seniors Legal and Support Service assist you?
How can you access this assistance?
What is elder abuse?
What is financial exploitation?

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The Seniors Legal and Support Service provides free legal and support services for seniors concerned about elder abuse, mistreatment or financial exploitation.

We can help if you are experiencing, witnessing or concerned about elder abuse.

How can the Seniors Legal and Support Service assist you?Back to top

We can:

Provide information, advice and support regarding elder abuse, mistreatment or financial exploitation;
Provide short-term counselling;
Provide information on your legal rights:
Refer you to other legal, consumer and support services;
Represent you in court or before tribunals (in certain circumstances); and
Provide community education.

How can you access this assistance?Back to top

You can make an appointment to meet with an experienced staff member.

If you are unable to visit our office, we can arrange a telephone consultation or a meeting at your home if you live in the Townsville area (where possible).

What is elder abuse?

Elder abuse is any act within a relationship of trust which results in harm to an older person.

It can include:

Intentionally hurting a person, e.g., slapping, hitting or mistreating someone;
Intentionally damaging another person's property, e.g., hurting pets or breaking belongings;
Verbal intimidation, humiliation, harassment or threats of physical harm or abandonment;
Unwanted sexual approaches or indecent behaviour towards another person;
Preventing a person from seeing others or denying them the right to make their own decisions; or
Intentional or unintentional failure to provide adequate care.

What is financial exploitation?Back to top

Financial exploitation can include:

The illegal or improper use or misappropriation of a person's property or finances;
Forced changes to a will or other legal documents;
Denying someone the right to access and control their personal funds; or
Unfair or fraudulent practices relating to retirement villages, aged rental accommodation or residential parks.

The Seniors Legal and Support Service cannot provide assistance in all areas of law.

We cannot prepare wills or provide advice on real estate, financial or investment planning. If we are unable to assist you, we will make every effort to refer you to an appropriate service.

The Seniors Legal and Support Service is funded by the Queensland Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services.