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General Guide to the Office of the Public Guardian

This is a general guide to the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG).  The OPG helps people in England and Wales to stay in control of decisions about their health and finance and make important decisions for others who cannot...
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Mental capacity

Mental Capacity Act: 5 key principles

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) covers people in England and Wales who lack the mental capacity to make their own decisions about their care and treatment. The Mental Capacity Act's five principles give guidance to the Attorney or any...
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Court of Protection Deputy

Court appointed deputy

When the donor has lost mental capacity, they will no longer be able to appoint someone to be their attorney.  In this situation, one or more persons will need to be a court-appointed deputy appointed by the Court of Protection....
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Information Power of Attorney

Types of Power of Attorney

A Power of Attorney is a legal document that is given by the 'donor' to the attorney so the attorney can make decisions on their behalf.  The attorney can make decisions on the donor's behalf when the donor can't or...
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General guidance Mental capacity Power of Attorney

General guide to Mental Capacity

A donor has to have mental capacity to be able to appoint an attorney.  If the donor has lost capacity, someone will need to go to the Court of Protection to be appointed as a deputy - see Court appointed...
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