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Legal Advice Centre

Mental incapacity

Our Dementia Law Clinic is the first holistic clinic of its kind in the country.

In partnership with Making Space, the health and social care charity, it offers up to three services for families, depending upon their requirements: (a) legal advice on dementia-related issues, (b) access to admiral nursing advice, and (c) communication and activity advice.

The legal service is provided in person or via skype at the University and at a range of hotspots around the country on the following matters:

  • Advance decisions to refuse treatment;
  • Community care assessments;
  • Continuing healthcare eligibility;
  • Disputes around mental capacity;
  • Lasting powers of attorney;
  • Court of Protection;
  • Deputyship;
  • Deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS);
  • Disputes around best interests for those who lack capacity;
  • Provision of care (in relation to care homes);
  • Adult safeguarding.

If your case involves only health and welfare matters or deprivation of liberty you may qualify for legal aid depending on your financial circumstances. You can contact a solicitor to find out whether you qualify.

Find out more about accessing advice on many different issues surrounding dementia by watching our video below:

Resources

The following documents may be of use if you are acting on behalf of someone with mental incapacity: