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Importance of Assessment and Capacity When Representing Clients With Dementia


A surprising number of people are misdiagnosed.

Confirming the diagnosis is so important for your client to ensure that they receive the proper treatment. Many are labeled with the diagnosis of dementia, when the person does not have dementia but has something treatable like normal pressure hydrocephalus. This white paper reviews the importance of having an assessment done in order to know the level of ability to make decisions. It also reviews the client-lawyer relationship with representing a client with diminished capacity; and discusses advanced planning options.



Kim Boyer, CELA

Kim Boyer, CELA

Boyer Law Group

  • Founder of Boyer Law Group
  • Board certified elder law attorney
  • Focuses on the elderly and their families, and experienced in elder law, estate planning, guardianship and probate law
  • Co-writer of the book Alzheimer’s and Dementia: A Practical and Legal Guide for Nevada Caregivers, published by the University of Nevada Reno Press
  • Publishes a monthly newsletter, and is a frequent speaker on aging and elder law topics
  • Accredited with the Veterans Administration
  • Selected as Mountain States Super Lawyer under category of elder law, 2009 and 2010
  • Selected as a Nevada Super Lawyer under category of elder law, with list limited to five percent of the lawyers in Nevada, 2007 and 2008
  • J.D. degree, magna cum laude, University of San Diego School of Law

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