1. Some useful background information about the law and mental capacity
1.1 When can people make their own decisions?
1.2 How is mental capacity assessed, and who decides whether a person can make a decision?
1.3 If the person I care for can’t make a decision, who makes it?
Best interests decision-making
2. Lasting powers of attorney and court deputies
2.1 What is a lasting power of attorney and how will it help?
2.2 How do you set up a lasting power of attorney?
3. If there is no lasting power of attorney in place, what other ways are there of managing a person’s money?
3.2 Court appointed Deputy
4. Carer’s and community care assessments
5. Direct payments
5.1 Can someone who has limited mental capacity still receive a direct payment?
6. What happens if I disagree with a decision that social services or health want to make about the person I care for?
7. How can I get more advice and information and where can I turn if I need support or advocacy
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