Planning for Adulthood – how the law can help

If you are a caregiver or parent of a tamariki or rangatahi with FASD, their long-term welfare is a worrying thought – if anything happens to you, or when eventually you die, who will look after them? What is their legal position and who will support them, understand their needs and make decisions about their welfare on their behalf if they are unable to do so?

You may be concerned about managing and protecting assets or income of your adult offspring. There are legal ramifications that need to be understood around family trusts, welfare guardianship, powers of attorney, property management and how a trust may be useful for managing property. And of course a will is essential.

New Zealand charity Disability Connect runs regular webinars and they have kindly allowed us to share the excellent list of digital resources they send out to their attendees afterwards.

You can subscribe to their newsletter here to stay updated on upcoming Disability Connect webinars (and their Transition Expo in September 2023). 


Disability Connect webinars on this subject are run by lawyer Nan Jensen. You can check out Nan’s Facebook page (Abilityworx) and her YouTube channel where you can watch various videos on this subject. 

Online info and resources

Welfare guardianship  

Property Manager info 

Property Administrator info

• Health & Disability Commission links

– the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers' Rights

the Code and your rights

Enduring Power of Attorney info

• Legal Services | Disability Connect