Explains what a nearest relative is, including what powers and rights they have and how you can change your nearest relative.
How to find an advocate
If you're in hospital, you can also contact the:
In some situations, you may be legally entitled to the support of an advocate. For more information, see our page on your legal rights to advocacy.
Civil Legal Advice (CLA)
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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