If you have a mental health problem, your nearest relative will have certain powers and rights related to your care and treatment.
- The Mental Health Act has a list of who will be your nearest relative. The list is in strict order and the person who is highest on the list is your nearest relative.
- This guide only covers nearest relative from the point of view of a person with a mental health problem.
- This guide applies to England and Wales.
- This guide contains general legal information, not legal advice. We recommend you get advice from a specialist legal adviser or solicitor who will help you with your specific situation and needs. See Useful contacts for more information.
- The legal information in this guide does not apply to children unless specifically stated.
This information was published in August 2018. We will revise it in 2020.