Legal clarity for seniors

By Ashlea Witoslawski

A large crowd gathered at Mooroopna Education and Activity Centre yesterday to discuss legal issues that seniors in the community might experience.

More than 100 people gathered to hear from four legal firms as part of Victoria Law Foundation’s Law Week festivities.

Seniors and the Law covered a range of topics including elder abuse, seniors rights, wills and inheritance, capacity and end-of-life issues.

Panel members on the day were Julie O’Connor from Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centre, Matthew Jones from Jones and Mitchell Legal, Andrew Galbraith of Dawes and Vary Riordan, and Stephen Merrylees of SMR Legal.

MEAC manager Jan Phillips said the event provided a great opportunity to discuss important issues for those in the community who might not have knowledge about certain legal topics.

‘‘Law can be a very frightening thing — and it shouldn’t be,’’ she said.

‘‘We have misconceived ideas of what that means and to actually have lawyers come and speak to the group just demystifies some of the issues.’’

Working in partnership with Mooroopna Library to put on the event, Ms Phillips said her organisation worked hard to support an ageing population.

‘‘We love doing things that will help support our ageing community,’’ she said.

Following the panel discussion, guests took part in a question-and-answer session to discuss some of the issues in greater length.

The lawyers and guests then enjoyed afternoon tea, providing a more intimate opportunity for guests to discuss their personal queries one-on-one.

Law Week runs until Sunday. For more information on upcoming events across northern Victoria, visit