Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000

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 further information can be found on the Scottish Governments general information page including a short guide to the act, guidance for carers and making decisions.


Financial issues - Office of the Public Guardian (Scotland)
Tel: 0845 603 1185

Welfare issues - Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland
Tel: 0800 389 6809

All other enquiries - Tel: 0131 244 3581

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