Financial Future: Wills & Trusts

Providing for People with Severe Mental Illness

This booklet provides an introduction to the legal and welfare benefit issues for parents and others who may wish to provide in their will or in their lifetime for people with severe mental illness. 

The paper helps people ask the right questions of their solicitors and welfare benefits advisers, but it is no substitute for individual advice. The law is complex and, in the interests of simplicity, some detail has been omitted. The law is stated as at April 2012. Benefit rules are subject to change in April each financial year. These rules are stated as at April 2012.

Please note that the law can change, as can welfare benefit rules and entitlements.  You should always seek professional financial advice.