Working with Clients with Diminished Capacity

Source: National Center on Law and Elder Abuse

Published: 2020


The law presumes that adults have capacity, and lawyers and advocates are responsible for helping understand their client’s ability to make decisions. This presentation will unpack the complex issues lawyers confront when working with clients with capacity issues. The presentation will review:
• Basics of capacity
• Informal assessments
• Formal Assessments
• Using decision making supports to leverage residual capacity
• Empowering individuals with dementia when capacity is fluid

• David Godfrey, Senior Attorney, American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging

Video Recording 


Chapter Summary

Link: Working with Clients with Diminished Capacity

Topics: Cognition/Capacity, Legal, Screening/Assessment

Access: Web-based

Intended Use: Self-directed Learning

Audience: Legal/Law Enforcement

Level: Basic, Intermediate