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Need to brush up on your legal terminology? Here we have created a full glossary of the legal terms you’re likely to come across during the process of working with us.

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There are currently 11 legal terms in this directory beginning with the letter C.
This is often referred to as 'mental capacity' and is the ability to make informed decisions independently. To be considered to have capacity, a person must be judged able to understand and fully weigh up information relevant to their decision. In England and Wales, capacity is governed by the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
Care Act 2014
This act replaced most existing legislation on adult social care. It covers a wide range of issues affecting elderly people, their family and carers. This includes the role of local authorities, how care needs are assessed, standards of care and the safeguarding of elderly and vulnerable people.
The National Will Register.
Certified copy
A photocopy of an original document (such as a passport or certificate) that has been signed by a solicitor to confirm it is an exact copy of the original.
Any personal possessions an individual owns that are not land or buildings. This includes clothing, technology, art, jewellery, pets and vehicles.
Someone making a claim or asking a court to make a decision.
Claudia's Law
Another term for the Guardianship Act 2017, named after missing York resident Claudia Lawrence.
An official alteration to a Will, recorded in a separate document.
Contentious probate
The area of the law that deals with inheritance disputes and challenges to wills.
Another word for a barrister.
Court of Protection
An office of the High Court that has the power to make decisions about the property, financial affairs, healthcare and general welfare of individuals who don't have the mental capacity to do so themselves. The Court of Protection has the power to appoint deputies and decide whether an individual still has the capacity to make their own decisions.
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