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Money & legal matters

Making decisions

Acting for someone else

Sometimes it is difficult for people to do some things, or make certain decisions, on their own or for themselves. They could be worried that this may be the case in the future. This might be because they have a mental health problem like dementia, or simply because they can't get out and do those things easily any more.

They may need someone they trust to help them or do some of those things for them.

Looking after and managing someone else's affairs can mean a number of things.

It could be making day-to-day choices about things like their personal care, how to claim and use their benefits, or looking after their bank accounts or savings.

Or it could be making much bigger decisions about where they live, or buying or selling a property.

There are different ways of helping to manage someone else's affairs, each for a different reason and with a different legal status.