Advice and Training
In addition to trust management, we offer a range of services to parents, carers, charities, care professionals and solicitors.
Our areas of expertise include:
- Powers of Attorney
- Access to funds scheme
- Medical Treatment
- The Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000
- Disability Discrimination
- The law on adult protection
- Community care law
- Decision-making and capacity
- Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003
- Wills & Trusts
- Self Directed Support
- Personal Injury Trusts
Legal Information and Assistance for Charity Staff
We offer ad hoc legal information and assistance to staff on a consultancy basis. Staff can contact us when they require information about specific topics including community care, adults with incapacity, adult protection etc. (see full list above)
In recognition of the financial constraints on charities, our rates are negotiable and depend on the number of hours required. Typically, a small charity uses around 5hrs/month for which we would charge £400.
Please contact us to discuss your requirements. References are available.
Seminars / Training
We can create bespoke seminars or training courses to meet the needs of your audience. To give you an idea of what we can offer, here are a few of the sessions we've delivered recently...
- 'Supporting people with learning disabilities in the criminal justice system' for the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service
- 'Adults with Incapacity, Medical Treatment and Health Boards' for the Scottish Government
- 'Adult Protection: applying the law in Scotland' as part of the MSc in Adult Protection, Edinburgh University
- 'What every private client adviser should know about trusts...' run in conjunction with French Duncan
- 'How to use Part 5 of the Adults with Incapacity Act ' for GPs in the Greater Glasgow & Clyde Health Board
- 'Options for decision making: Adults with Incapacity legislation' for Quarriers support staff
- 'Personal Injury Trusts: getting maximum benefit from an award of compensation' for Case Managers
We are available to speak to groups of parents, carers and professionals on the topics of 'Planning for the future: wills & trusts' and 'Guardianship and other options for decision making' free of charge.
We aim to present everything in an accessible and understandable way and to make the subjects less daunting.
No group is too big or too small and we cover all of Scotland.
Making information easy to understand
We find that many professionals use terms that are very familiar to them but other people find difficult to understand. Many people don't even realise they are using jargon, archaic terms or technical language.
Our experience of writing materials for those with communication support needs coupled with our legal expertise means we're ideally placed to write or edit content for solicitors whilst ensuring it retains its original meaning. We have experience in producing 'plain english' style wills, trust deeds, standard client letters, terms of engagement, web content, promotion materials etc.