The Cancer Council Pro Bono Program supports cancer patients, carers and bereaved carers with advice around legal issues and financial planning.
The program connects people affected by cancer with a professional, lawyer or financial planner, who volunteers their time.
The Cancer Council Pro Bono Program can help cancer patients, carers and bereaved carers with advice on the following:
- wills, power of attorney and enduring guardianship
- superannuation and insurance disputes
- employment law and discrimination
- credit and debt matters
- Centrelink disputes
- Tenancy law
- accessing superannuation and insurance
- advice in relation to debt management
- eligibility and accessing Centrelink payments
- transitioning to retirement and managing lump sum payments
The service is means tested and is free for people who cannot afford the cost of advice. Clients will be asked about their employment status, household income, Centrelink payments, assets and debts.
If a client is not eligible or requires assistance outside the scope of the program, they will be contacted and provided details of one of a volunteer professional who can assist on a paid basis or another free service.
The program cannot help with:
- criminal law matters
- family law, e.g. divorce and separation, custody or property settlements
- property issues
- estate administration
- bankruptcy and taxation issues medical negligence and workers compensation
- Advance Health Care Directives
- Health professionals can access a referral form here.
- Send the referral form directly to Cancer Council Pro Bono Programs by fax on (02) 8302 3520 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- If the referral is urgent, call 1300 856 199.
- Clients can self-refer by calling Cancer Council on 13 11 20.