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Retrospective Mental Capacity Assessments

A standard mental capacity assessment (also known as the two-stage test) is usually carried out for a specific decision at a specific time. It is completed prior to the decision being made if there is either a ‘reasonable belief’ that an individual may lack capacity, or to reduce the risk of someone challenging the person’s capacity to make the decision at some point in the future.

Meanwhile, a retrospective mental capacity assessment refers to a traditional assessment of capacity for a specific decision, but for a decision made historically. Examples might include a Lasting Power of Attorney submission signed and submitted the previous month, or a financial gift made to a family member or friend several years in the past.