Sometimes making decisions about what’s in your best interests can be difficult. You may feel uncomfortable, exploited or under pressure to make decisions against your wishes. Decision making can be made more difficult when it involves family and others close to you.
You have the right to make informed decisions about issues affecting you such as nominating powers of attorney, making a will or managing your assets and money. Decisions involving family can sometimes be the hardest to make, especially if your adult child asks you to move back home or to loan money.
You can help protect yourself by being informed about your choices, decisions you are making and agreements you are entering into, particularly if you feel uncomfortable about them.
Where appropriate you can also take steps to protect yourself and your assets by being aware of your rights.
For simple advice on making powers of attorney, go to the Office of the Public site – You decide, who .
For more information, you can contact the services below.
Seniors Rights Victoria
1300 368 821
Free helpline, legal, advocacy and referral service specialising in elder abuse.
|Powers of Attorney and Guardianship
Office of the Public Advocate
1300 309 337
03 9667 6466 or 1300 138 671
1300 558 181
An initiative of the Australian Securities and Investment Commission offering tools and tips.
1800 007 007
If you or someone you know is in an unsafe situation you should ring Victoria Police on 000.