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Making your own decisions

Having the autonomy to make your own decisions about your health and finances can be an important part of your identity.

When Josh first came to see us at a LawRight legal clinic, he faced a number of challenges: he was a homeless young person, had a history of mental illness, had difficulty reading or writing and had a physical disability arising from an abusive childhood. He was also under an Administration Order.

Josh had been working closely with his support team to improve his life and independence. He was distressed about decisions the Public Trustee had made about his money, and he wanted our help to apply to have his administration order reviewed.

Josh’s volunteer lawyers gave him advice about the process, explained what he would need to show the Tribunal and helped him write his application. With our help Josh could show that he had the capacity to make his own financial decisions and now manages his own finances. He is paying his bills on time and saving to buy a house.

“LawRight volunteers helped me to understand my rights. Things have been going really, really good.”

 

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