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Mencap Wills and Trusts Team posted a topic in ResourcesHi everyone, I wanted to let you all know about the upcoming free wills and trusts seminars that Mencap are organising in May in the South West area. The seminars will take place at the following locations: May- South West Tuesday 10th May 12.30pm-2.30pm The Castle Centre, 25 Castle Street, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 1DR https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mencaps-planning-for-the-future-seminar-barnstaple-tickets-21037598022 Wednesday 11th May 10.30am-12.30pm St Ives Harbour Hotel, The Terrace, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 2BN https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mencaps-planning-for-the-future-seminar-st-ives-tickets-21057301957 Tuesday 17th May 12.30pm-2.30pm Percy Community Centre, New King Street, Bath, Somerset, BA1 2BN https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mencaps-planning-for-the-future-seminar-bath-tickets-21058425317 Thursday 19th May 12.20pm-2.30pm The Old Town Hall, High Street, Weymouth, DT4 0DQ https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mencaps-planning-for-the-future-seminar-weymouth-tickets-21058933838 The seminars will be presented by a specialist legal professional who will talk at the event about how best to leave money behind to someone with a learning disability. The event is free and it is a great opportunity for families and carers to get straightforward, face-to-face advice. To book your place please use our online booking form: www.mencap.org.uk/pffe Mencap has planned other wills and trusts events across the country - take a look at the website to find one near you. Please feel free to contact the team with any questions you might have, or to book a place on 020 7696 6925 or email@example.com