The event was arranged by Maria Wilson, one of Cerebra’s Regional Officers and its aim was to inform parents on how to make a Will and set up a Discretionary Trust.
A brilliant presentation was provided by Hugh Jones, Solicitor who is a nationally recognised expert in Court of Protection Work. Hugh provided an extremely informative presentation on the importance of both making a Will and setting up a Discretionary Trust for children with additional needs.
Nineteen parent carers attended this special event and there was lots of questions put forward by parents and carers on their specific situation. Everyone who attended felt the presentation was worthwhile and that Hugh was great, explaining this very difficult subject in “layman’s language”.
After the presentation, attendees were introduced to Cerebra’s non means tested Wills and Trust Grant which is extremely straight forward to apply for and can provide parents or carers with a grant of £350 towards the cost of producing a Will.
The feedback from the event has been extremely positive so far and one parent wrote:
“Excellent topic and very much appreciated in setting people to makes plans and Wills. This is fantastically pro-active support for the young people you aim to help, so well done.”
Another said: “Like pensions and funeral plans, writing a Will was certainly bottom of my list of things to do! However, Hugh Jones Solicitor actual managed to turn a rather dry subject into something fairly simple, straightforward and relevant for me and my family. He explained the importance of putting these things into place now, not only for peace of mind but also to protect the financial future of my children. I left the forum, with knowledge; knowledge is power! I no longer felt lost and unsure of what to do next. I have applied to Cerebra for my funding voucher, which will cover the entire cost of my will or trust and I will be arranging an appointment with a solicitors next week. I would recommend that all parent carers go along to this forum if they get the chance.”
Hugh’s presentation from the event can be downloaded below.Hugh Jones Presentation