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Transition course presentation

Morag Christie, one of our Edinburgh Solicitors from the Private Client Team, gave a presentation at a transition course at West Lothian Carers Centre, Livingston, on Thursday 19 May 2016.  We already support a Power of Attorney clinic at the centre, offering Powers of Attorney to cared for individuals.

Morag was speaking with a group of parent carers of disabled children aged between 14 and 19 who are experiencing the transition from childhood to adulthood.

The transition course was organised at West Lothian Carers by Signpost, a West Lothian charity who offer information and support to families of young people with additional support needs.  The course runs for a number of weeks and a variety of professionals are invited to speak with parent carers and answer queries.

Morag discussed the legal position of those aged 16 and over and the legal tools which could be used by parents to advocate on behalf of their child, whether that be no intervention, a Power of Attorney, or a Guardianship.  She also discussed the importance of Powers of Attorney for all adults over the age of 16 and the difficulties we could face if we lose capacity unexpectedly and require our financial and welfare affairs to be dealt with.  The benefits of Will making for parents of disabled children were also explained, including the role of trusts.

The presentation had an informal feel, which we believe is important to carers.  The parents were very grateful and one commented that she was surprised she had learned so much, as she had been planning to stay at home and do her washing!

For more information, please contact Morag Christie.

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