Nearest relative

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

Useful contacts

Civil Legal Advice

0845 345 4345
gov.uk/civil-legal-advice

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)
lawsociety.org.uk

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

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 January 2017. We will revise it in 2019.


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