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 Advocate site – You decide, who decides.

For more information, you can contact the services below.

Elder Abuse

Seniors Rights Victoria

1300 368 821
Free helpline, legal, advocacy and referral service specialising in elder abuse.
www.seniorsrights.org.au

Powers of Attorney and Guardianship

Office of the Public Advocate

1300 309 337
www.publicadvocate.vic.gov.au

Wills

State Trustees

03 9667 6466 or 1300 138 671
https://www.statetrustees.com.au

Consumer information

Consumer Affairs

1300 558 181
www.consumer.vic.gov.au

Investment advice

Money Smart

An initiative of the Australian Securities and Investment Commission offering tools and tips.
www.moneysmart.gov.au

Financial counselling

Money help

1800 007 007
www.moneyhelp.org.au

If you or someone you know is in an unsafe situation you should ring Victoria Police on 000.