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Former high-profile solicitor Tim Meehan has pleaded guilty to fraud Former solicitor Tim Meehan at a Brisbane court today.

FORMER high-profile solicitor Tim Meehan has been remanded in custody after today pleading guilty to fraud.

In a sensational development in the Brisbane Supreme Court, an ex officio indictment was presented for one count of fraud to the value of more than $30,000, and eight counts of fraudulently falsifying a record.

Meehan, who represented Daniel Morcombe’s killer Brett Peter Cowan, was sacked from Bosscher Lawyers in August last year amid accusations he took more than $170,000, with the help of his law clerk mistress.

Increase in reported cases of elder abuse

There has been a huge increase in reported cases of elder abuse, particularly people aged between 80 and 84, who are making up the bulk of calls to help lines. Ben Murphy reports

‘Dodgy’ legal advice concerns on the horizon

A state legal body has issued a warning following a growing number of individuals expressing that they have been duped by unqualified fraudsters posing as lawyers.

Queensland Law Society president Christine Smyth said there is growing concern in the profession that people are being taken advantage of when being offered “cheap’’ or “free" advice via the internet or from “lay advocates holding themselves out as qualified legal practitioners”.

“Beware of fraudsters who claim to be able to give legal advice,” Ms Smyth said.

“There seems to be a growing number of armchair experts who are giving legal advice and services against the law.

Elder abuse on the rise

Partner of Robbins Watson Solicitors Christine Smyth spoke to Weekend Sunrise discussing calls for new laws to detect and prevent abuse of elderly people.

QLS Warns Against Dodgy Legal Advice

The Queensland Law Society (QLS) has issued a warning for people to avoid taking legal advice from unqualified fraudsters posing as lawyers.

QLS president Christine Smyth said there was growing concern in the profession people may be duped into taking “cheap” or “free” advice via the internet or from lay advocates holding themselves out as qualified legal practitioners.


Elder Abuse awareness campaign aims to highlight services available to those who suffer in silence elder

THEY are one of our most vulnerable groups in society, and many of them are dealing with fear, shame and helplessness.

This week marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, a time of year when the world voices its opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted on some older people.

What happens when your child makes a hostage of you?

Financial elder abuse has been recognised as domestic violence, however it is not broadly understood – or even acknowledged – in the community, Christine Smyth writes.

"To have a child is to give fate a hostage”- President John F. Kennedy

Any parent understands immediately the words of JFK – words which are indeed sadly prophetic for much of his clan. Thankfully, most of us don’t have to deal with the tragedies of the Kennedys, but from the moment our children are born, we worry.

Trial to see GP clinics work to combat elder abuse

DOCTORS across metropolitan Brisbane are being enlisted to participate in a program to raise public awareness of elder abuse issues within their communities.

The Queensland Law Society and the Australian Medical Association of Queensland have joined forces to launch today the trial in conjunction with 315 GP clinics.

Potential victims will be encouraged to disclose suspected abuse to their medical confidantes.

The clinicians and staff are also being asked to look out for the symptoms of elder abuse among their patients and refer them to support services such as the Elder Abuse Helpline and QLS's Find a Solicitor Service.

“It’s an Unusual Circumstance”

After Brisbane barrister Sam Di Carlo came forward to say the $50,000 former Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale was found collecting in Melbourne was part of a settlement for one of his clients, Ben asked QLD Law Society President Christine Smyth what the rules are surrounding money from legal settlements.

Law Society concerned about Brisbane barrister asking Paul Pisasale to collect $50k cash

The Queensland Law Society is concerned about the actions of Brisbane barrister Sam Di Carlo, who says he asked Paul Pisasale while he was Ipswich mayor to collect $50,000 in cash for him interstate.

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