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STEP members input into reform of the law of wills

Earlier this week STEP held the second of three consultation events on the reform of the law of wills. Law Commission representatives Dr Nick Hopkins and Spencer Clarke invited feedback from STEP members in England and Wales on key areas of the consultation including, capacity, statutory wills, formalities, electronic will-making, protecting vulnerable testators and revocation. 334 more words


New edition of Good Decision Making is the best guide to the Mental Capacity Act and end of life care

Source: The National Council for Palliative Care

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Date of publication: June 2017

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In a nutshell: The National Council for Palliative Care has published the second edition of “Good Decision-Making”, a guide to the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) and end of life care. 68 more words

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All life is an experiment - I am not vulnerable!

I once worked with a young woman called Emma (not her real name) who had a mental impairment and would sometimes go into town alone, whereupon two young women would sometimes meet up with her. 1,046 more words

Taking Liberties.

I can’t pretend to be a Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) aficionada. But a little research reading reveals that the current ‘acid test’, in England and Wales, for assaying whether a person is subject to a Deprivation of Liberty is: if the person is ‘subject to continuous supervision and control and not free to leave’, she or he is deprived of her or his liberty and therefore needs the Safeguards applied, to ensure that the Deprivation and any restrictions or restraints used to enforce it are in the person’s Best Interests. 845 more words


What kind of freedom for people with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities can we reach with laws, professionals, plans, monitoring, and all the weight of the modern state? 845 more words


'Understand' is not an axis

And now for a return to musings on mental capacity…

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 says that you are unable to make a decision if, among other things, you don’t ‘understand’ the information relevant to the decision ‘because of an impairment of, or a disturbance in the functioning of, the mind or brain’. 1,279 more words