On application1 by the patient2, any relative of the patient3, any other person with whom the patient is residing (or, if the patient is then an in-patient in a hospital, was last residing before he was admitted) or an approved mental health professional4, the county court5 may by order6 direct that the statutory functions of the nearest relative of a patient7 are to be exercisable, during the continuance in force of the order8, by the person specified in the order9.
The order may be made upon any of the following grounds: (1) that the patient has no nearest relative10, or
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