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One small change can protect against elder abuse

Published: 11 November 2021
  • qld
  • 11 November 2021
  • Australian Seniors News

The Public Trustee is urging Queenslanders to consider appointing more than one attorney in their enduring power of attorney document.

It says this small change can add an extra level protection against financial elder abuse in a time Queenslanders may need it most.

The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) investigates reports of abuse involving Queenslanders living with impaired decision-making capacity.

As at 30 June 2021, the OPG saw an increase of 27% of active abuse investigations on the previous year.

Throughout the 2020-2021 financial year, 78% of the total reports of abuse made to the OPG, factored instances of financial abuse or exploitation.

The Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Women and the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Shannon Fentiman said advance life planning documents are important factors in protecting Queenslanders from abuse or exploitation.

We want to ensure our vulnerable community members are protected from financial abuse, especially at their later stage of life.

“Having extra levels of protection such as appointing more than one power of attorney and making sure your will is up to date is vital in safeguarding yourself and your assets,” Ms Fentiman said.