Project Description

Elder law is a niche field of expertise devoted to assisting our elderly community to navigate legal complexities that are unique to elders and their families.  This can include planning and transition to retirement, residential aged care, granny flat agreements and family care agreements, end-of-life care, guardianship after losing capacity, attorney duties and family disputes.  We provide advice to elder clients, their family members, and operators of retirement, lifestyle village and aged care providers on the legal complexities of seniors living law.

Our Michele Davis, Head of Succession & Elder Law Practice Group, is one of a very small group legal practitioners that specialises in the area of aged care and retirement living advice., Having being committed to maintaining meaningful connections with clients, operators and industry, Michele and her team stay firmly connected with the industry to keep a finger on the pulse of a rapidly changing legal and aged care environment.  With such expertise at the helm, our team are able to confidently navigate the significant complexities within this area of law for residents and operators alike.

In addition to their technical expertise, our expert team are dedicated to providing understanding, patience and compassion in assisting elder clients to steer through the web of legal jargon to provide solutions, advice and, importantly, give comfort to elder clients through one of the biggest milestones of their lives.  We also take pride in offering village and scheme operators thorough, pragmatic and clear legal advice to best navigate the comprehensive legal compliance requirements of senior living to help them provide the best senior living opportunity for prospective residents and help foster great relationships between them and their residents.

We can offer guidance and support in many areas of elder law, including matters that involve:

  • Advising on entering or leaving retirement villages, manufactured homes or aged care facilities

  • Negotiation and drafting of family and granny flat agreements, including agreements regarding care of elderly family members

  • Estate planning, including Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney

  • Advance health directives and end-of-life care

  • Capacity, guardianship and administration for those who have lost capacity

  • Advising on elder abuse and the rights of older persons

  • Advising on attorneys and other decision-makers

  • Advising on duties of appointed Attorneys and misuse of Enduring Powers of Attorney

  • Family disputes and mediation

Having extensive experience in this area, our expert lawyers are familiar with the common challenges of later life, lifestyle and the ever-changing dynamics of growing families and work with our clients to ensure they achieve their goals while maintaining their independence and dignity.

Our expert team remain committed to their expert knowledge, experience and core focus in retirement and aged care advice by being an Affiliate member of Leading Age Services Australia.  Leading Age Services Australia are a national association that represents providers of all types of age services, including residential care, home care and retirement living/seniors housing. Through our membership with LASA, we hope to demonstrate our core focus on this area of law as part of the fabric of our practice. We hope to provide the opportunity to all those interested (either personally or professionally) to access quality legal advice with specialist appreciation of the nuances of retirement and aged care legal advice for the benefit of residents and operators alike.