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Doctors, lawyers and other professionals often need to make an assessment of a person's mental capacity. This book helps to support these professionals by giving them a fuller understanding of the law in all situations where an assessment of capacity may be needed, clarifying the roles of professionals and providing an aid to communication both between them and with the person being assessed.Written by experts from a variety of disciplines, Assessment of Mental Capacity combines a precise statement of the law with a practical, jargon-free approach to provide guidelines on a range of issues, from capacity to form intimate personal relationships, to capacity to consent to medical treatment. The fourth edition has been updated and expanded to take account of:- recent case law and current good practice- revision of the Mental Health Act 1983 Code of Practice- the rising prominence of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.It provides an essential source of guidelines and information, including extracts from Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the Code of Practice, and is an indispensable tool for health and legal professionals.