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Probate Code - PROB

DIVISION 4.7. HEALTH CARE DECISIONS [4600 - 4806]

  ( Division 4.7 added by Stats. 1999, Ch. 658, Sec. 39. )
  

PART 1. DEFINITIONS AND GENERAL [4600 - 4665]

  ( Part 1 added by Stats. 1999, Ch. 658, Sec. 39. )
  

CHAPTER 1. Short Title and Definitions [4600 - 4643]
  ( Chapter 1 added by Stats. 1999, Ch. 658, Sec. 39. )

  
4609.  

“Capacity” means a person’s ability to understand the nature and consequences of a decision and to make and communicate a decision, and includes in the case of proposed health care, the ability to understand its significant benefits, risks, and alternatives.

(Amended by Stats. 2001, Ch. 230, Sec. 3. Effective January 1, 2002.)