As they say, “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes”. However, the bigger issue for many of us would be ensuring that our dependents are well cared for after our passing.
This was the crux of the presentation organised by Clifford Law on 5th of May. DPA’s President, Mr Nicholas Aw, who led the session on Estate Planning saw a turnout of about 250 parents and caretakers who were interested in learning more about caring for, and ensuring adequate financial support for their children with special needs upon their passing.
Nicholas took parents through the variety of options available in Singapore, as well as answered questions about various extenuating circumstances.
Below are some common questions that were raised during the session:
- When certifying an individual’s mental capacity, what type of doctor should the parents bring their child to?
A family GP would be best as they are most familiar with the child. However, parents are advised to use their discretion when selecting a doctor to certify their child.
- How and when does the Appropriate Adult Scheme (AAS) come into effect?
When a person certified as having a psychosocial and intellectual disability commits a crime, the arresting police officer will contact the AAS in order to have a representative accompany the arrested individual through their interrogation. However, parents should note that the police will only be prompted to contact the AAS if they realise that the person they have arrested has a psychosocial and intellectual disability.
- How does a person alert the police that they are under the AAS?
It is generally left up to the arresting officer’s discretion. Additionally, AAS does provide an identifying card to the individual with a psychosocial and intellectual disability. This card can be shown to the officer, or it might be discovered by an inspecting officer when the individual surrenders his personal belongings.
You can download a copy of the slides used in the presentation here: ESTATE PLANNING SLIDES
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