Mental Capacity Act 2005

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. Applies to England and Wales.

Useful contacts

Mind Legal Line

PO Box 277
M60 3XN
0300 466 6463 (Monday to Friday, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm)

The Mind Legal Line can provide you with legal information and general advice.

Civil Legal Advice

0845 345 4345

The Civil Legal Advice can tell you if you’re eligible for legal aid and can give you free and confidential legal advice in England and Wales.

The Law Society

020 7242 1222 (England)
029 2064 5254 (Wales)

The Law Society provides details of solicitors you can get in touch with for specialist legal advice

Office of the Public Guardian

0300 456 0300 (Monday – Friday, 9am - 5pm, except Wednesday 10am - 5pm)

Contact the Office of the Public Guardian if you want to appoint someone to make decisions for you, or to get guidance if you’re an attorney or deputy acting on behalf of someone else.

Revolving Doors Agency

020 7407 0747

For people with mental health problems in contact with the criminal justice system.

Where can I get support?

Local Mind

Local Minds support over 280,000 people across England and Wales. Their services include supported housing, crisis helplines, drop-in centres, employment and training schemes, counselling and befriending. They may be able to help you find advocacy services in your area.

Find your local Mind here.

Find an advocate

An advocate is a person who can both listen to you and speak for you in times of need. Having an advocate can be helpful in situations where you are finding it difficult to make your views known, or to make people listen to them and take them into account.

For information on advocacy services and groups in your area, you could start by contacting the Mind Legal Line and your local Mind. You can also contact the Patient Advice Liaison Service (PALS) in England, or the Community Health Council in Wales.

Read more about how advocacy might help you.


This information was published in November 2017. We will revise it in 2019.

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