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A general guide on how the Mental Capacity Act affects you and how you can plan ahead for when you no longer have the mental capacity to make decisions for yourself.
To find advocacy services and groups in your area, you could call Mind's Legal Line or contact your local Mind.
If you're in hospital, you can also contact:
In some circumstances, you may be legally entitled to get the support of an advocate. See our page on your legal rights to advocacy for more information.
Can tell you if you’re eligible for legal aid, and give you free and confidential legal advice if so.
Professional association for solicitors in England and Wales. Includes a searchable directory of solicitors.
Protects people in England and Wales who may not have the mental capacity to make certain decisions for themselves, such as about their health and finance.
This information was published in November 2017. We will revise it in 2019.
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