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Senior Law

The number of people aged over 65 years is predicted to grow to over one million and to make up more than 20% of the population by 2020. New Zealand’s aging population has resulted in new and complex legal issues. Longer lifespans, blended families, sunset relationships and a variety of …

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Why does Elder Abuse occur?

Elder abuse is a global problem. It is difficult to know exactly how common elder abuse is, as most goes unreported. All types of elder abuse can happen in people’s own homes, when staying with others or while being in a range of community or residential facilities. So how can …

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Looking after your money

Financial abuse is the inappropriate, illegal or improper exploitation of the funds or property of the older person. This may be without the older person’s conset or if consent is given, it may be under pressure. Threats may be made, or PIN number of bank cards demanded; family/whanau members may …

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Time to test your trust

New Zealanders love trusts. In fact, we have one of the highest numbers of trusts per capita in the world. But it’s a love affair that is soon to be tested with the arrival of a new Trusts Bill. The new Bill will more clearly set out the rules of …

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