Planning For A Child With Disability

If your child has a disability, life day to day life can seem challenging. Once you have a diagnosis, the emphasis will often shift to assessment of your child's needs and putting a care plan in place. For parents  it can be draining simply to maintain the daily routine and many don't like  to think about the time when they are no longer around to care for their child.

It is not an easy question to answer, but it is important to have a plan in place. Our solicitors have experience of advising on all aspects of the planning process from obtaining care assessments and care funding, to Wills, Trusts  and Court of Protection issues. 

There are many physical and mental conditions, which might necessitate detailed forward planning to ensure that your loved one continues to receive the care that they need when you are no longer around. ( The list is not exhaustive but will include conditions such as Cerebral Palsy, Down's syndrome, ADD - Attention Deficit Disorder, ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Asperger's Syndrome, Autism, other autistic spectrum disorders, depression, bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia, OCD - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, dementia, dyspraxia, Reye's Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome or Spina Bifida.)

However complex and daunting the situation may seem, our solicitors have experience in planning and advising on the appropriate measures to take. Although it is difficult to contemplate some of these issues, experience has shown us that parents experience a profound sense of relief once plans are in place.

Making a Will is a good start, but it is important to consult a solicitor  who can advise on the bigger picture and ensure that you meet your objective of ensuring that your child's life will be as happy and comfortable as possible even when you are not around.

If you need advice on how to plan to meet the needs of your disabled child in the future, contact Emma Harrison on 01827 317081 or