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The NLACL and McInnes Cooper Wills and Estate Planning Initiative
About the Free Wills and Estate Planning Initiative
The Newfoundland and Labrador Association for Community Living in partnership with McInnes Cooper Law Office is now receiving applications for free estate planning legal services for the benefit of persons with intellectual disabilities. This is possible because of a memorandum of understanding with the law firm McInnes-Cooper through their pro-bono program. This program applies to individuals and families who can demonstrate significant financial or social barriers. The purpose of Estate Planning is to protect the transfer of assets to persons with intellectual disabilities, so that it does not negatively affect eligibility for government income and support services now and in the future
Who is Eligible
To be eligible for the Wills and Estate Planning Program your family must:
- Have a family member with an intellectual disability to whom you would like to leave or transfer assets through your will or estate;
- Be a member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association for Community Living. (Applications are available on our website or by contacting us at (709) 722-0790 or firstname.lastname@example.org);
- Have an annual family income of less than $50,000. Family incomes of more than $50,000 may be considered in some circumstances if your family has expenses that significantly impact your available income;
- Live in Newfoundland and Labrador
How to Apply
To apply for the Wills and Estate Planning Initiative:
- Complete the application form and mail, fax, or email it to:
Newfoundland and Labrador Association for Community Living
P.O. Box 8414, St. John’s, NL A1B 3N7
Fax: (709) 722-1325 Email: email@example.com
- Before your acceptance is finalized, NLACL will require documentation on income, such as the notice of assessment from Canada Revenue Service or other financial reporting. You do not need to send this immediately with the application form.
- When your application is processed, you will receive notification from NLACL regarding the outcome. If your application is approved, you will also be contacted by a representative of McInnes Cooper to arrange an initial meeting or phone consultation.
Why Wills and Estate Planning is Important
- Because leaving money to other people for the care of a person with a disability not protected by a trust can be very risky. There are many things that can impact the intended use of those funds, creating a situation where your son or daughter is left unsupported, and you with no control.
- So that family members can have a plan of support for someone with a disability after they are no longer able to continue caregiving. It provides the person with the disability a solid foundation for the future, and provides family with the peace of mind that comes from knowing any assets they might transfer will not end up negatively affecting income and disability supports from government.
For More Information
If you still have questions or if you would like additional support in helping to complete this application, get in touch with us. You can reach us at:
The Newfoundland and Labrador Association for Community Living
74 O’Leary Avenue
P.O Box 8414
St. John’s, NL A1B 3N7
Phone: (709) 722-0790
Fax: (709) 722-1325
Download the Free Wills and Estate application form here
For more information on McInnes-Cooper, please visit their website at www.mcinnescooper.com