Make a report on someone's capacity to make decisions: Form COP3

Use this form to submit an expert opinion about someone's mental capacity as part of an application to make decisions for them.


Assessment of capacity: COP3

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Send this form to the Court of Protection along with Form COP1: Apply to make decisions on someone’s behalf.

You can find out more about making decisions for someone.

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Published 1 December 2017
Last updated 14 July 2023 + show all updates
  1. Uploaded a new version of the English form

  2. Signature box can now accept typed name.

  3. Added translation