Assisted Decision-Making

The Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 was enacted in December 2015 and governs the law in relation to vulnerable adults who are experiencing difficulties with decision making.  Although the  Act is not expected to be fully commenced until mid-2018 this act potentially affects every citizen in the state.

This reforming piece of legislation repeals the outdated Wards of Court System and implements a modern framework of supported decision-making that allows for people to plan ahead for the possibility of mental incapacity. In repealing the Wards of Court system, the act provides for a rights-based intervention mechanism that is scaled depending on the decision-making ability of the relevant person.  The Act seeks to enable persons to make their own decisions in line with their constitutional right of autonomy.

Stephen Walsh & Co Solicitors can assist you to plan ahead for the possibility of mental incapacity. We also offer advice in cases of decision-making interventions in order to assist and support a vulnerable adult.

Our areas of expertise include:-

  • Advance Healthcare Directives
  • Enduring Powers of Attorney
  • Decision-Making Assistant Agreements
  • Co-Decision Making Agreements
  • Decision-Making Representation


If you require advice in relation to any aspect of this act please do not hesitate to contact us.

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