Mental Capacity

Recent Features and Opinion


Report back


Sophie O’Connell considers what makes a good mental capacity assessment report, and the things to look out for from your assessor

Gary Rycroft

It’s good to talk


In light of coronavirus (COVID-19), death and dying are at the front of many people’s minds. Gary Rycroft argues that speaking with clients about advance care planning is more important than ever


Asset managers


Virtually all of us have digital assets – email and social media accounts, photos in the cloud – but it remains unclear what happens to them once we lose capacity. Angharad Lynn explains how you can advise clients, and the options available for attorneys and deputies

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Removal service


There are many reasons why a change in attorney or deputy may be in P’s best interests, but what can you do if they resist? Holly Miéville-Hawkins explains how to remove an attorney or deputy against their will


Handle with care


Sophie O’Connell looks at the impact of new coronavirus legislation on the care duties of local authorities


Instruction manual


Private client solicitors are increasingly requesting capacity assessments for their clients. Sophie O’Connell discusses how to instruct a mental capacity assessor with Judy Wurr and Sarah Post, both experienced independent mental capacity assessors

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Deputy heads


Stephanie Kaye reports back from the first meeting of the Professional Deputies Forum, a representative voice set up to discuss the challenges that deputies face

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Easy to understand


We all know it’s highly likely that when client communication goes wrong, complaints can follow. But even if you think you’re communicating well, are you really being understood, especially by vulnerable clients? Fiona du Feu explains

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