Debate over changes to lasting powers of attorney

Debate over changes to lasting powers of attorney

Lasting power of attorney (LPA) was introduced in 2007 to provide more flexibility and greater protections from abuse than its predecessor, the enduring power of attorney (EPA).

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 gives people the opportunity to appoint someone they trust to make decisions on their behalf, in the event those abilities are taken from them, whether through accident, disease or illness. Lasting power of attorney is a legal agreement that allows a person to set out their wishes and preferences and have peace of mind that these will be followed.

A consultation has been launched to collect views on potential changes to the legal framework for lasting powers of attorney, including making the process digital rather than paper-based, although this has brought concerns from legal practitioners.

You can read more on the debate at The Law Gazette through this link.

You can access the consultation through this link