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HELPING NEW ENGLAND FAMILIES OF CHILDREN WITH A DISABILITY PREPARE FOR THE FUTURE

Free legal matters seminar to provide advice on issues including guardianship and disability trusts

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ARMIDALE, MONDAY 16 FEBRUARY 2015 – Planning for the future is often a concern for parents and carers of children with a disability.

Parents may be uncertain of the steps they need to take to tackle complex issues including guardianship, Power of Attorney, wills and disability trusts.

Cerebral Palsy Alliance is stepping in to help ensure local families caring for a child with a disability are aware of their legal rights and responsibilities around these issues.

A free parent seminar will be held in Armidale on Wednesday 4th March, in conjunction with a local expert in the legal field.

Shiva Otim from Cerebral Palsy Alliance said the seminar is designed to help parents and carers navigate legal issues that may relate to them as their children grow.

‘Parents are often uncertain about what the future holds in terms of who will care for their adult child with a disability, or who will be responsible for their adult child’s medical, financial and emotional well- being’, Shiva said.

‘This free seminar will address common legal issues relating to this and will help parents develop a step by step approach to managing these issues. Information is empowering, and the more parents know about their legal options and rights then the easier the decision-making and transition will be as their children grow up.’

The information session will cover topics such as wills, Power of Attorney, guardianship and disability trusts. There will also be opportunities for parents and carers to ask specific questions that relate to their individual circumstances.

‘I’d encourage all parents and carers of a child with a disability living in the New England region to register to attend this free seminar’, Shiva said. ‘The information provided could be life-changing.’

The free seminar will be held from 10:30am-12pm on Wednesday 4th March at Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s Armidale centre (124a O’Dell St Armidale). Morning tea will be provided.

Registration is essential by contacting Laura Tegg on 6772 0978 or lteege@cerebralpalsy.org.au

Released on 16 Feb 2015