When someone cannot make their own decisions

Find out what to do if someone cannot make decisions because of a disability

If a person lacks 'mental capacity' because of a disability, they may not be able to make decisions about certain things.

This can include decisions about healthcare and money. For example, if they cannot:

  • understand information about a decision
  • remember that information
  • use that information to make a decision
  • communicate their decision by talking, using sign language or any other means

It may be necessary for someone else to become what's called a 'deputy' for this person.

You can find guide for parents and carers to make financial decisions for a young person who lacks mental capacity on GOV.UK.

Find options when someone lacks 'mental capacity' on essex.gov