The Myth of Next of kin: why you need a lasting power of attorney (Video)

Professor Keith Brown, Director of the Centre for Post-Qualifying Social work, Bournemouth University, dispels the commonly held belief that being a near relative of someone gives you the right to make decisions on their behalf should they lose mental capacity. He sets out the importance of Lasting Powers of Attorney and Advance Decisions to Refuse Treatment, both part of the Mental Capacity Act, as the best ways to maintain your control over decision-making.