Elder Law Subject

Mary-Ann de Mestre

Mary-Anne completed Elder Law as part of her studies at the University of Western Sydney. She was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW in 2015.Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts & Sciences degree from Sydney University, a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Western Sydney and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Australian National University.

Mary-Ann was the Tipstaff to the Honourable Justice Geoff Lindsay (the Probate & Protective List Judge) of the Supreme Court of NSW in 2015.

Mary-Ann has acted as the Guest Editor for the Elder Law Review Journal and has been a Guest Lecturer in Wills & Estates for the Elder Law Course for the University of Western Sydney.

Mary-Ann  has returned to her family firm, John de Mestre & Co Pty Ltd Inc. Hellmrich & Hickey, as an admitted lawyer of the Supreme Court of NSW working in the areas of equity, estate planning, estate & equity litigation and estate administration. Mary-Ann has published academic articles on issues relating to wills, estates and elder law as well as a  submission to the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into Elder Abuse in 2015. In 2016 Mary-Ann will be presenting a conference paper at the International Legal Ethics Conference VII at Fordham University, New York on Ethics in Elder Law and Substitute Decision Making. Mary-Ann recommends the Elder Law unit to all students due to its increasing relevance toour modern society. Mary-Ann may be contacted via email at: maryanndm@jdemco.com.au.

Esterina Azzi

Esterina completed Elder Law as part of her studies at the University of Western Sydney. She graduated from UWS with a Bachelor of Laws awarded with First Class Honours and a Bachelor of Arts (History and Political Thought) awarded with Distinction, and she was also a recipient of the University Medal. Esterina received an award of Most Outstanding Honours Dissertation for her Honours dissertation in law, which was on the topic of the recognition of moral claims in statutory wills in NSW.

Esterina previously worked as a legal research assistant and casual academic in the university's School of Law. She has assisted in the publication of several editions of the Elder Law Review, was its Guest Editor in 2014, and has published a number of articles in the journal.

Esterina is now a Senior Associate at de Groots wills and estate lawyers working in the areas of estate planning, estate litigation and estate administration. She is passionate about all aspects of wills, estates and succession law, and highly recommends the Elder Law unit to students due to its relevance in the context of Australia's ageing population. Esterina may be contacted via email at elentini@degroots.com.au.

The subject Elder Law covers the topics of:

  • policy considerations associated with ageing;
  • substitute decision-making (powers of attorney, enduring guardianship, advance care directives and the role of the Guardianship Division of NCAT);
  • accommodation (retirement villages and residential aged care facilities, granny flats, reverse mortgages, boarding houses and residential parks);
  • retirement incomes; and
  • age discrimination.

Elder Law is taught over weekends in Autumn and Spring Sessions, and intensively during Summer School.

For further enquiries, please email Sue Field at s.field@westernsydney.edu.au