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Adults With Incapacity

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The Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 provides ways to help safeguard the welfare and finances of people who lack capacity.

It protects adults (people aged 16 or over) who lack capacity to take some or all decisions for themselves because of a mental disorder or an inability to communicate.

It allows a person - such as a relative, friend or partner - to make decisions on someone's behalf.

The Act also lets you make arrangements for another person or persons to make decisions and manage affairs on your behalf if you lose capacity in the future.

For an outline of the Act, please read our Short Guide.


Financial issues - Office of the Public Guardian (Scotland)
Tel: 01324 678 300
Web: www.publicguardian-scotland.gov.uk

Welfare issues - Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland
Tel: 0800 389 6809
Web: www.mwcscot.org.uk

All other enquiries - Tel: 0131 244 3581
Email: adultsincapacity@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

Contacts for parts 4 and 5 of the Act