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28 Dealing with Someone Else's Affairs
You may find that you have to help someone to deal with their affairs - perhaps an older or disabled relative or someone you care for. Usually, the help they need is with financial affairs, but sometimes decisions may also be needed about healthcare or other matters.
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All adults have the right to manage their own affairs and make their own decisions about finance, healthcare and other matters. Some may ask for help in dealing with their affairs or may wish to appoint someone to do it for them. Other people lack the mental capacity to make their own decisions, and legal arrangements may be needed for someone to take over their affairs.
This leaflet describes the powers available to enable you to deal with someone's affairs. These differ according to whether the person you are helping retains the mental capacity to make their own decisions and supervise your actions. For people who lack capacity, there are special rules, particularly for making financial and healthcare decisions. The leaflet is divided into four sections:
This leaflet is published by the Legal Services Commission (LSC). It was written in association with Penny Letts, a policy consultant specialising in mental health and capacity issues.
Leaflet Version: November 2019