Nina, a young mother of three young children, was terminally ill and was connected to LawRight’s Health Advocacy Legal Clinic by her social worker at the Mater.
Nina wanted all her young children to remain in their step-father’s care, as the father of her two older children was extremely violent. The client was worried that after her death, the older children might be returned to their father and separated from their younger sibling.
HALC helped to organise a will and a Power of Attorney through the Cancer Council pro bono service. This was done in the context of great personal anguish for the client about her poor prognosis, escalating pain and several attempts for her to return home to her young family.
HALC found Nina a family law lawyer and helped her and her partner apply for Legal Aid and file court documents. Nina died soon after documents were filed, but there was a formatting problem and they were rejected by the Court. Legal Aid also rejected the application not realising the mother had since died. LawRight helped clear all these hurdles, with the evidence being so compelling that the court made a final order at the first mention, for the children to remain with their step-father.
Our work in this case would not have been possible without multiple meetings with the client, family members, social workers, pro bono solicitor, the treating team and her partner, who also took care of the children while supporting Nina.