Mental Capacity Assessments

Our reputation has been built on providing mental capacity assessments after neurological illness that are valued by clients, families and solicitors.

All of our assessments are compliant with the Mental Capacity Act (2005), the Mental Capacity Act Code of Practice (2007) and the British Psychological Society‚Äôs guidance.

We are able to provide mental capacity assessments in the following areas:

  • managing finances
  • managing property and affairs
  • testament/making a will
  • driving
  • deciding where to live
  • deciding on care needs
  • making gifts
  • entering into contracts
  • post and pre-nuptial agreements
  • marriage
  • nullity petitions
  • consenting to medical treatment

We have also undertaken retrospective capacity assessments to ascertain likely capacity for legal authorities.

When we are instructed to undertake a mental capacity assessment, we will normally:

  • interview the person whose capacity is being questioned along with a family member or friend who knows the person well about the decision(s) under question
  • undertake a brief validated cognitive screening assessment to establish whether there is evidence of a mental impairment
  • complete a high quality and informative report to confirm our opinion
  • complete relevant Court of Protection forms

We recognise that every situation is unique, sometimes complex and potentially highly sensitive. We pride ourselves on providing high quality, tailor made assessments that keep the individual and their situation at the centre.

For an informal discussion about your mental capacity assessment needs, please contact Helen or Gavin.