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Guardianship and power of attorney for children, young people and families
9th August 2017, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm£60
In Scotland, a person is deemed to have full legal capacity from the age of 16 onwards. This means that parents no longer have any authority to make decisions or deal with agencies on their son or daughter’s behalf once they turn 16.
In most cases, this presents no problem and is simply part of the natural transition from childhood to adulthood. However, it can be cause for concern when a transitioning child suffers from illness or has a condition that makes it difficult for them to look after their own welfare and finances (e.g. severe learning disabilities).
Join us for this half-day seminar to find out more about this important issue, and gain insight and advice to help you or the parents and families you work with to plan for the future, and ensure that children's best interests are kept at heart.
The seminar will look at:
- The differences between powers of attorney and guardianship
- What can be done in advance to protect children's interests once they turn 16
- What might happen if a parent loses the ability to make decisions as a result of an accident, illness or old age
- The steps that parents can take to minimise the disruption to children's lives in that scenario.
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