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ENABLE Scotland receives many queries from parents who want to leave money for their son or daughter with a learning disability but are not sure how to go about it. By making a Will and taking some extra simple steps to set up a Trust you can make sure your child will get financial support and protection when you are no longer around to provide it.

What is a Trust?

A trust is a legal arrangement where people called trustees look after money for someone called the beneficiary. This would mean that people you trust would be asked to look after money for someone who has a learning disability. A trust is a useful thing to have as it can help to protect against financial vulnerability, financial abuse and there are a range of other benefits to setting up a trust. 

A trust can be a useful way to help someone who has a learning disability to manage a sum of money, with expert help available to help manage and maximise financial entitlement and security. 

At ENABLE Trustee Service, we look after lots of trusts for people who have learning disabilities and can provide you with some information and guidance if you are interested in setting up a trust. 

We strongly recommend that you take independent legal advice if you are thinking about writing a Will or setting up a trust, as to do it yourself could lead to problems further down the line. This can happen with Wills you can buy from the internet or a shop and write yourself, the best thing you can do is speak to a solicitor. Although we cannot prepare these documents for you, we have a list of solicitors across Scotland that we can provide for you.

For more information on Trusts please contact our ENABLE Direct team on 0300 0200 101 or e-mail​.​


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