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Act On Legal Competence No.71/1997

The Icelandic Parliament Country Resources Capacity related legislation Iceland 31 December 1997 Legislation/regulation autonomy, legal capacity, severe mental illness

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By judicial decision a person can, if necessary, be deprived of legal competence, personal competence alone, financial competence alone, or both:
a. If he or she is unable to manage his or her personal or financial affairs by reason of mental debility, old age infirmity or mental disease, or by reason of other serious health condition.
b. If he or she is, as a result of excessive use of alcohol or drugs of habituation or dependence, unable to manage his or her personal or financial affairs.
c. If he or she is not able to manage his or her personal or financial affairs in a satisfactory manner by reason of physical disability, health failure or other impairment, and therefore decides to request deprivation of legal competence.
d. If the provisions of health care legislation make it necessary to commit the person in question to a hospital without his or her approval.

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