The biggest worry for families with a family member with a disability is “What will happen when I die?” Who will be here to look out for our sons or daughters or sisters or brothers when we are no longer around to look out for them?
When contemplating what will happen when we die and what we can do to prepare for that inevitable eventuality, many of us think of wills and other legal mechanisms such as guardianship and financial management. These are important tools that will be more effective if we have done some work on developing our vision and plans.
Casey is 25 years old. She is one of three children. Casey is adventurous, funny and kind. She has a moderate intellectual disability that means that Casey needs help managing her money and making decisions about her future.
With her family Casey has developed a vision that she will live an independent life where she is a valued member of the community. Part of the strategy that Casey’s family has developed involves Casey living independently in a property that will be purchased for her.
Casey’s family supplements her disability support pension to improve her quality of life. Her parents wish to ensure that this continues after they die.
Casey’s parents seek legal advice to ensure that Casey’s house is always available for her while it is suitable and to ensure that the additional money that they wish to leave to her does not affect her entitlement to the disability support pension.
Disability Law Queensland can put you in touch with organisations that can assist you to develop your vision and plans for the future.
We can help you to use legal tools such as wills, trusts and special disability trusts to make sure that plans for a good life for people with disability are safeguarded in the future.
Contact us to find out how we can help you.