Our Elder law services are all about helping and motivating you to address and plan for the complex legal issues you may face in retirement and beyond.

Retirement is no longer about getting a gold watch and spending time in the garden. It can last longer than ever before, and events and issues can become more complex. That’s why seniors are increasingly frustrated when they try to obtain (and wade through) information that will help them make the right choices and decisions for their lifestyle and their future.

For many years, our experienced team at CRH Law has been advising older Australians on the full spectrum of legal issues facing them in retirement.

But we don’t only give you clear, straightforward legal advice. We understand the social and medical aspects of ageing that may affect you now and into the future – and we know it’s important to get advice from other experts such as financial advisers and aged-care specialists. We offer you peace of mind with referrals to appropriate and trusted people with a range of expertise.

In addition, we understand the varying dynamics of modern families and how they can become increasingly important to your later life, especially when it comes to making decisions for the future. If you request it, we can work with you and your family so they are involved in your planning and decision making.

When should you talk to us?

It’s important for you to talk to us as soon as possible to ensure you have the necessary information and legal tools in place to help you through retirement and to avoid the crisis management approach that often occurs in families.

Information from friends and family is helpful, but objective advice will ensure you’re on the right track for your future.

Our extensive experience means we know the government and other support services available to you – and we’ll help you access them through safe, reliable referrals for your specific issues.

We can also help you resolve situations where you’ve had the wrong advice or made an honest mistake and the decision could adversely affect you and your family.

Our focus is on helping you bring all the pieces of the puzzle together, with expert advice and practical strategies for dealing with elder issues and estate planning decisions.

We can assist you with elder issues, including:

  • Enduring Powers of Attorney
  • Advance Health Directives
  • losing your partner and becoming ‘suddenly single’
  • dementia and incapacity
  • accommodation decisions such as aged care and retirement living options, granny flats or moving in with the family
  • Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) and the guardianship regime
  • loans and gifts to your children and other financial arrangements with them
  • family disputes and mediation
  • your rights as a grandparent
  • elder abuse
  • social security and pension entitlements.

We can help you with your estate planning issues, including:

  • preparing or updating your Will
  • improving your Will or disinheriting
  • providing for disabled children
  • planning your business succession
  • understanding where your superannuation and Family Trust fit in
  • administering of your Estate
  • challenging a Will
  • litigating or resolving estate disputes.

Making it a positive experience

We know it can be intimidating and confusing dealing with lawyers. That’s why we focus on clear communication and open dialogue.

We want your interaction with us to be a positive experience, so we’ll make sure we cover these questions with you in our first meeting – without the legal-speak:

  • Do I have a legal problem?
  • Is there some other way to resolve it?
  • What will it cost me?
  • How long will it take to resolve it?


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What Clients Say

“Changes to Government Funding and the increasing competitve nature of the community-based service sector have posed new challenges for Residential Aged Care Facilities. GACSL is a small NFP residential facility that has, over the last 18 months, seen the successful growth of our business through amalgamation to now include 48 independent living units.  To have been able to achieve these outcomes specialist legal advice, including sound knowledge of the Aged Care Industry, was required. The sound professional advice and support given by Joanne O’Brien has been instrumental in achieving our goals and consolidating our position in the Aged Care Industry.”
Sandra Strong, Chief Executive Officer - Gunnedah Aged Care Services Ltd
“Having responsibility for the delivery of a wide variety of sustainability and community projects in our region, access to expert legal advice has been critial to DCQ’s success. Joanne’s ability to quickly grasp even the most complex issues facing our business sets her apart from other lawyers. Her advice is always timely, practical and reliable and I would have no hesitation in recommending her or the Carne Reidy Herd team.”
Leanne Kohler, Chief Executive Officer - Desert Channels Group
“Joanne has been advising integratedliving Australia Ltd for over 4 years. Having initially assisted integratedliving Australia Ltd with Corporate Governance issues surrounding a merger, we now rely on her valuable advice for a range of corporate, commercial and property issues. Joanne’s knowledge of the issues facing not for profit organisations is comprehensive and her passion for the sector is always apparent. Whether we have a small question or a larger legal issue, Joanne can be relied upon for her responsiveness and pragmatic approach and she has consequently become an invaluable adviser to our business.”
Catherine Daley, Chief Executive Officer - integratedliving Australia Ltd
“Once again you provided a superb presentation – in the style that only you can deliver and which is so entertaining and informative. Certainly, a number of matters of importance for industry participants were highlighted”
Leading Age Services Australia Queensland,
“Brian, your paper was an incisive review of the liability of attorneys under enduring powers to the estate. You brought your habitual attention grabbing style to a difficult and intricate topic and you explained it very effecitvely, by looking at the practical side of the problem as well as reviewing the law on the subject.”
Robert Clemente, Chief Executive - Television Education Network
“Margaret, I’ve no doubt that your past, current and future clients will all have the same appreciation for your understanding, kindness and efforts as I did.”
Marguerite, Elder Law Client
“Hi Margaret, I’m confident I’ve come to the right lawyers this time, the agreement looks great.”
Renee, Elder Law Client
“Many thanks for your assistance with the Seasons project for my mum….very professional.”
Gordon, Elder Law Client