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Thinking ahead to the future can be a very scary thing, as no one likes to think about what will happen when we’re not here anymore. This can be even more of a worry if your child has a learning disability.

There are some things you can do to prepare for the future that will give you the peace of mind that you have done the best you can for your family. A good place to start is by writing a Will. This can be a daunting process, but will reassure you that you have left instructions to your relatives to let them know your wishes.

Many people find thinking about their Will difficult and stressful. No one likes to contemplate their own death or the possible earlier death of a loved one. Perhaps you feel it is too complicated or expensive to make a Will. Maybe you do not realise the consequences of not making a Will or assume your children will make their own arrangements. Perhaps you are tempted to write a Will yourself or use a pre-printed form. 

Drawing up a Will can be complicated, and it is always important to take legal advice. This is especially important when you have a family member or loved one with additional needs. Once Wills and other arrangements are put in place you can be reassured that you have done all you can to provide for and protect your children in the future. 

Our guide to Leaving Money to Someone who has a Learning Disability factsheet may be able to help organise your thoughts and get things started. Before speaking to a solicitor, it helps to have some of your initial ideas in place, our Planning to Make a Will Workbook is a good starting place for this.

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

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