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Dementia and Testamentary Capacity 

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Law in a nutshell

Dementia afflicts more people than ever and imposes an added dimension for lawyers taking wills instructions. According to Alzheimer’s Research UK, dementia cases globally are likely to triple by 2050. Unsurprisingly, the number of contested wills where the testator had dementia and/or Alzheimer’s is increasing. So, how should you respond to a client with dementia?

What's covered?

How dementia impacts testamentary capacity , case law examples and what to do in practice with clients.

Estimated length

15 mins

Recommended knoweldge level  

Beginner

Knowledge check

3 questions at the end to check your understanding