Guardianship Orders

If an adult becomes mentally incapacitated, they may require a guardianship order and the following articles on our website deal with aspects of that area of the law.

How Best to Protect Yourself Against the Risk of Developing Alzheimer’s

If the question is whether we would like to live to be at least 80 years old, most people’s answer would be “yes”.

That’s certainly the response neuroscientist and novelist, Lisa Genova, received from the TED conference audience she asked in April 2017. We all have a hopeful expectation of living into old age.

Lisa then asked her audience to project themselves into their futures and imagine that everyone in the room is 85 years old.

In that scenario, every second person probably has Alzheimer’s dementia. And, if you take the view that “I won’t be one of the ones with Alzheimer’s”, well, you’re still potentially affected by it – as a carer for someone with the condition.

So, on one view, this scary and upsetting disease is unlikely be avoidable for any of us.

On the other hand, given that Lisa’s talk is entitled “What you can do to prevent Alzheimer’s”, it’s a relief to know that the remainder of what she says is devoted to explaining why we are not powerless in the face of Alzheimer’s. Why it’s not the case that Alzheimer’s is our brain’s inevitable fate, if we are fortunate to live long enough. [Read more…]

Guardianship Applications and Legal Aid in Scotland

A Guardianship order is a court appointment which authorises a person to act, and make decisions, on behalf of an adult with incapacity (e.g. dementia).

If you think you may need to make a guardianship application in respect of a vulnerable friend or relative, you will probably be worried about the possible cost. Should you be concerned? [Read more…]