Explains what a nearest relative is, including what powers and rights they have and how you can change your nearest relative.
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.
This information was published in November 2020. We will revise it in 2023.
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