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

Basu, S and Duffy, J (2010) Providing Legal Information and Advice to Older People: as much a question of accessibility as affordability. European Journal of Law and Technology, 1 (3). 1 - 32 (32). ISSN 2042-115X

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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.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law (Leeds) > School of Law (Leeds)
Depositing User: Symplectic Publications
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2012 12:53
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2014 03:41
Published Version: http://ejlt.org//article/view/2/66
Status: Published
Publisher: Queen's University of Belfast
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/43779

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