Providing Legal Information and Advice to Older People: as much a question of accessibility as affordability

S. Basu, Joe Duffy

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Abstract

No continent has as high a proportion of older people as Europe. In this paper, we report the findings of an empirical project examining the legal advice needs of older people. An important element of the project also sought information about the capacity of the internet for meeting the legal advice needs of older people. Overall our findings broadly indicate considerable failings in legal information provision for older people from more traditional advice sources. Whilst we have uncovered some examples of individualised good practice, our research in the main revealed an alarming sense of fear, mistrust, uncertainty and ambivalence among older people towards accessing legal advice. The research was funded by the Changing Ageing Partnership (CAP). We believe our findings have broad implications and applicability across Europe.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-32
Number of pages32
JournalEuropean Journal of Law and Technology
Volume1
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010

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