Nearest relative

Explains what a nearest relative is, including what powers and rights they have and how you can change your nearest relative.


If you have a mental health problem, your nearest relative will have certain powers and rights related to your care and treatment.

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These pages contain general legal information, not legal advice. We recommend you get advice from a specialist legal adviser or solicitor who will help you with your individual situation and needs. See our useful contacts page for organisations which may be able to help.

This information was published in August 2018. We will revise it in 2020.

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