Mencap’s Wills and Trusts Service
Every year the Wills and Trusts team advise over 3000 parents and carers of
people with a learning disability on how best to make a will and set up a trust.
The team helps people to secure future financial support in the best possible way
for a loved one who has a learning disability.
These are some of the free services Mencap provides:
? Helpful guides and booklets including:
? Leaving money in Trust
Mencap’s guide to leaving money to people with a learning disability.
? A guide to making your will
A factsheet of the key things to consider when making or updating your
? An easy-to-read guide to wills
Information about wills written for people with a learning disability.
? Don't leave until tomorrow what you can do today
Information about making leaving a gift in your will to Mencap.
? Free two-hour ‘Planning for the Future’ seminars across the country.
Each region of England, Wales and Northern Ireland is visited annually. The
seminars are delivered by a qualified local solicitor who provides delegates
with advice on issues such as: why to make a will, what to include in a will,
what are trusts – the benefits and the types available, enduring powers of
attorney and the court of protection. There is also opportunity to ask
? A recommended directory of specialist solicitors – solicitors from
across the country are selected by a strict criteria, mainly based on their
experience of working with parents and carers of people with a learning
disability and also their expertise in making wills and setting up trusts.
? Aarti Puri is Mencap’s in-house wills and trusts solicitor, her role is to
advise parents, carers and trustees about their options when considering their
family members with a learning disability in wills and trusts. Aarti gives
advice over the phone, and by email.
Aarti is happy to answer any queries on:
? Making and changing wills ? Making statutory wills
? Setting up trusts (including ? Finding a solicitor for advice
Mencap Trust Company) ? Trustees responsibilities and
? Making enduring powers of duties
attorney and registering at the ? The rules that apply to means-
Court of Protection tested benefits for people with
? Issues of capacity a learning disability
? Welfare and healthcare ? The new Mental Capacity Act
? Appointment of receivers at
court of protection
? Living wills
Mencap Trust Company Limited
Mencap Trust Company Limited is a company that manages discretionary trusts
set up for people with a learning disability. Some people choose to appoint a
company rather than an individual to act as the trustee of their trust . This may
be because they do not know anyone who can act as trustee, or because they do
not want to place the responsibility on them. In addition, the trust company has
expertise and experience in running trusts.
To find out more about any of these services call the team on 0207 696
6925, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.mencap.org.uk/willsandtrusts