A guide to wills and trusts

By writing a will and setting up a trust, you can make sure that a family member or friend with a learning disability will get the financial support and protection they need after your death. Many parents have told Mencap that writing a will has given them extra peace of mind for the future, especially if their son or daughter is unable to look after their finances themselves.

When you are thinking about making a will, or updating an existing will, there are many things to consider, and it is always a good idea to seek professional advice at this time. You may also want to talk to other members of your family and keep them informed about your decisions.

This information has been written to give parents, family members and carers helpful information about writing a will and setting up a trust. Throughout this guide you will find links to further information, as well as stories from parents who have been through the process.

I have written my will, and arranged for a discretionary trust. I hope that in the future my son will be able to stay in the family home – ideally he would like to live here independently with a support package.

This information contains some legal terms – you can find a short explanation of their meaning in the ‘key words' section. Look for the ‘What next?' sign for things you can do.

This information is also available to download as a PDF.


Key words

Read definitions of the key words you might hear when making a will or trust.