601. General principles.

The following principles apply for the purposes of the Mental Capacity Act 20051:

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    (1)     a person must be assumed to have capacity unless it is established that he lacks capacity2;

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    (2)     a person is not to be treated as unable to make a decision unless all practicable steps to help him to do so have been taken without success3;

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    (3)     a person is not to be treated as unable to make a decision merely because he makes an unwise decision4;

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    (4)     an act done, or decision made, under the