Medico-Legal Panel Discussion: Testamentary Capacity Report Toolkit

Free-of-Charge Event – Tuesday 25 October, 6pm-7.30pm. At the Law Society of Tasmania, 28 Murray Street, Hobart and livestreamed

For catering purposes and to receive a Zoom link (if joining remotely) please RSVP HERE by Friday 21 October.

The Elder and Succession Law Committee of the Law Society of Tasmania invites you to join, over networking drinks and canapes, Dr John Saul, GP, Eastern Shore Doctors and AMA President; Mr David Dunbabin, Geriatrician, Geriatric Medical Centre, Calvary Hospital; Ms Janine Martin, Neurologist, Neuropsychology Tasmania; and Ms Alison Wiss, Senior Lawyer, McMullen Lawyers in a discussion about the rollout of a comprehensive capacity reporting instrument. This complimentary panel event is facilitated by Dr Martin Morrissey, Psychiatric Geriatrician, RHH.

The Elder and Succession Law Committee looks forward to welcoming you along to the free-of-charge information-sharing evening.

This Committee has been working on a proforma testamentary capacity report resource for use by the medical and legal professions. The legal profession receives reports from doctors about a client/patient’s capacity; and this information can vary. The legal test for assessing a person’s capacity to sign a legal document such as a will is based on a legal test and is different from the medical tests that a doctor would carry out to assess a patient’s capacity. Although many geriatricians are familiar with the legal capacity test and already complete reports for solicitors, some GPs are less so. The profession believes that it will be helpful for both professions to have a standard capacity form for use by doctors and lawyers.

Critical to its uptake and success is an awareness raising in both professions about why it is of value; and a demystifying of the “testamentary capacity test”. And, the Committee believes that this panel discussion, that welcomes GPs, geriatricians and legal practitioners to come along and have a say, will assist both professions with this.