Day 1, 3:45pm Keynote
For all families with a son or daughter or other family member with disability, the biggest and most frightening question is: What will happen when we are no longer able to provide them the love and support we now provide? What will happen when we are gone?
Jeremy and Margaret Ward were no different when they thought about the future for their daughter Mena. Jeremy Ward’s presentation tells the story of how he and Margaret approached this question.
As a practising lawyer, Jeremy soon came to realise that sorting out which legal decisions to make, and which legal mechanisms to use, was the easy part. The difficult issues always came back to people. Who to appoint as executors in their wills? Who to appoint to formal roles such as trustees? Who to ask to take over their monitoring role when he and Margaret were no longer able to make sure that Mena was safe, secure, and leading a rich and meaningful life?
With his family’s personal story as a framework, Jeremy’s presentation offers an overview of the relevant law and of the role of the law in future planning. It emphasises the importance of vision, planning and personal networks as a foundation to developing effective wills and trusts. Importantly, Jeremy’s presentation emphasises that, as important as those wills and trusts and related legal mechanisms are to planning for the future, it is other people who will keep our vulnerable family members safe.