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Lasting Powers of Attorney: Can A Client With Dementia Make An LPA?

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Law in a nutshell

A dementia diagnosis does not automatically preclude them from making a Lasting Power of Attorney - or even a will, for that matter. The key issue is whether they have the required mental capacity at the relevant time. Early stage dementia is very different to advanced dementia; so you need to take appropriate steps when seeing a client with any dementia-related issues.

What's covered?

Can someone with dementia make an LPA, how you use this in the law and case law examples.

Estimated length

15 mins

Recommended knoweldge level  

Intermediate

Knowledge check

3 questions at the end to check your understanding