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#askRL – What is a Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney?


Today, Solicitors for the Elderly launch its new campaign “The Incapacity Crisis: Making sure your wishes are heard” which raises awareness of Health and Welfare Lasting Powers of Attorney. In support of the campaign, and as part of our own blog series on ‘Developing Vulnerability’ which looks at what happens when mental capacity is lost

Making decisions on behalf of a person who lacks mental capacity


By Katherine Miller Determining whether a person can make decisions for themselves is extremely important, especially when the person concerned is disabled or vulnerable. The ability to make your own choices and decisions is referred to as mental capacity. The Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) sets out the important principle which states that we must

Mental Capacity – supporting your clients to make decision


By Katherine Miller It is too easy to assume that a person with a particular illness or disease, such as Alzheimer’s or someone with a learning disability doesn’t have mental capacity and is therefore unable to make decisions for themselves.  Such assumptions can have serious implications for an individual and, in the eyes of the