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More checks needed on professionals who decide for the mentally incapable

Professional donees or deputies can make decisions for people who lose mental capacity. But more clarity on fees they can charge, and checks and balances on their decisions, are needed

ST ILLUSTRATION: MANNY FRANCISCO
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A new scheme that will be rolled out by the end of the year allows people to pay professionals to make key decisions on their behalf if they become mentally incapacitated - but two crucial concerns about the professional deputies and donees scheme should be addressed early to prevent any potential abuse.

The first issue is about fees: How much can or should these professionals charge? Will the cost be out of reach for most people, except the wealthy?

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 07, 2018, with the headline More checks needed on professionals who decide for the mentally incapable. Subscribe