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Legal Essentials for Seniors proved the most popular LIV event during May’s Law Week.

Held at the Melbourne Town Hall, the free, full-day workshop canvassed a range of topics from wills to owners corporations and retirement villages.

More than 80 people attended each of the three workshop sessions.

The LIV also held two other seminars – Understanding Family Law and Planning for a Secure Future – at the LIV on 17 May.

LIV Marketing general manager Sue Noble said the legal essentials workshop, especially, was very well attended.

The theme of this year’s Law Week was “Reaching Out”, which targeted people with special needs and others who may struggle to gain access to legal information and services, including seniors and rural Victorians.

Backed by the City of Melbourne and organised by the LIV and Victoria Law Foundation (VLF), Law Week included more than 200 events across the state. Law firms, courts and government departments were among 150 organisations which worked to foster a greater understanding of the law within the community.

For the first time, all courts, including regional courts, were open with tours on 17 May. Mock trials were also held at the Supreme, County, Magistrates’ and Children’s Courts.

“This year we had even more events on the program and greater attendance at each,” VLF executive director Joh Kirby said.

“Law Week 2008 has proved a huge success in promoting greater understanding of the law within the community. At the courts open day we had more than 400 visitors to see where and how we administer justice in Victoria,” Ms Kirby said.

Other major events included the Monash Great Law Week Debate and the Careers in Law Expo. A national “Drought Law Forum” was run by Rural Law Online, which saw lawyers and counsellors answering questions on drought relief programs in each state and the Disability Discrimination Legal Service held a session on disclosing disability in employment.

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