Disability Law Queensland is a non-profit law firm that assists people with disability and their families to plan for the future, assert their rights and access justice.
An important part of planning for the future is careful consideration of the legal and financial details of wills and estate planning. This is particularly important when a relative with a disability may be dependent on these arrangements.
We believe that estate planning is best done in conjunction with the broader thinking about the kind of life imagined for the person with a disability and the involvement of other people in making this vision a reality. The details of a will or decisions about trust arrangements can look very different according to the hopes a family has for their son or daughter, brother or sister.
We can provide advice and representation in relation to the legal issues arising from planning for the future including:
- Wills, trusts and special disability trusts
- Guardianship and Administration, appointing a Power of Attorney and making an Advanced Health Directive and informal decision making
- Discrimination and human rights
- The National Disability Insurance Scheme, government decisions and dealing with service providers
- Child Protection
We also provide free information, resources and referrals.
Free Estate Planning Resources:
On behalf of Mamre, Disability Law Queensland has developed a suite of resources to assist people with intellectual impairments to develop the capacity to:
a. Understand what a will and/or enduring power of attorney is; and
b. Instruct a lawyer to prepare a will and/or enduring power of attorney.
These resources are designed to be used by people with intellectual impairments together with their family and or other supportive people. They have been developed as a way of realising the right of people with disability to be supported to exercise their capacity, consistent with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability. More information about the resources can be obtained from Disability Law Queensland. We would like to thank the Department of Justice and Attorney General for providing the funding to develop the resources.
Contact us to see how we can help you.