A guide to wills and trusts

Find out more about writing a will

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 you are gone.

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 are 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 Mencap Wills and Trusts service user

This information contains some legal terms – you can find a short explanation of their meaning in the ‘key words' section. 

Writing and updating your will

Information on why it is important that you make a will and things you need to consider when writing or updating your will.  

How to find a solicitor

When you are thinking about writing or updating your will, it is important that you talk to a solicitor who not only knows about wills and trusts but is also aware of the concerns that you need to address in relation to your family member or friend with a learning disability.

Further help

Mencap's wills and trusts team offer information and advice on setting up wills and trusts. 

Key words

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