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Attorneys and their authority to make gifts

The question arising in a recent case brought before the Court was, whether a person who had been sectioned under s.3 of the Mental Health Act 1983
When you are appointed as attorney the question will sometimes arise about gifts and whether they can be made on behalf of the person who lacks capacity. The authority of an attorney to make gifts is laid out on s.12 of the Mental Capacity Act 2005. In short the authority to make gifts is limited to customary occasions for those connected with that person or to a charity, all the while being a reasonable size when looking at what assets that person has and what they would usually gift.

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