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Problems in assessing mental capacity

For legal practitioners, determining client capacity is an essential process to protect and enable a client to live as independent a life as possible. However, where there should be cooperation between the legal and medical profession, there is often a gap in understanding in mental capacity assessment. Dr Amrit Singh, a consultant psychiatrist, describes the medical approach, in particular, how different illnesses and conditions might affect a client’s decision-making abilities.

21 November 2002

Capacity for what?

For legal practitioners, determining client capacity is an essential process to protect and enable a client to live as independent a life as possible. However, where there should be cooperation between the legal and medical profession, there is often a gap in understanding in mental capacity assessment. Dr Amrit Singh, a consultant psychiatrist, describes the medical approach, in particular, how different illnesses and conditions might affect a client’s decision-making abilities.

I accepted the invitation to run a workshop at the annual Solicitors for the Elderly conference (see full report on page 21) with some trepidation. My initial thought was, “What do I know about capacity that the legal profession doesn’t know?” Teaching grandma about sucking eggs came to mind!

I was therefore very relieved when, after discussing matters with Elizabeth Holdsworth of Wace Morgan, she agreed that we should run it together. ...

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