Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act 2015

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Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act 2015

The Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 was signed into law on 30th December 2015 and commenced on the 26th April 2023. The Act is about supporting decision making and maximising a person’s capacity to make decisions. It allows people to make legal agreements on how they can be supported to make decisions about their welfare, property, and affairs.

The Act established new decision-making arrangements to support people who have difficulty making decisions. makes a number of important changes to Irish law about what happens when people have difficulty with decision-making. These arrangements are;

The Decision Support Service is a new service that was established under the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015. It is an information service and it is where the decision support arrangements are registered and checked. 

For further information: 

  • Read our resource 
  • The Think Ahead website also provides information to help you to put your legal and financial affairs in order.  For more information visit: 
  • Contact our National Helpline at 1800 341 341 or email [email protected] 
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