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The Lasting Power of Attorney Bill: What it means for English Powers of Attorney

Adam Swayne

A Power of Attorney allows you to make provision in advance for the possibility of you becoming incapable of managing your own financial and welfare affairs during your lifetime. This becomes increasingly important as the risk of supervening mental incapacity grows through longevity, illness, or accident.

The standard form of Power of Attorney in England and Wales is the Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). These forms can either be to cover Property and Financial Affairs, or Health and Care Affairs. In practice, these forms can be very difficult to complete as they must be signed and dated in a very specific order and the smallest mistake will result in the application for registration being rejected. It is widely accepted that the procedure can be confusing, inflexible, and bureaucratic.

Since the introduction of LPAs in 2007, the world has changed with the growth of technology and people’s expectations have changed with it. The Government has decided to reform the process of making and registering LPAs in England and Wales to make it safer, easier, and more sustainable.

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What happens if you do not have a Power of Attorney?

Adam Swayne

Many people go through life without putting a Power of Attorney in place. If you are fortunate to be in a position where you may never require someone to make decisions on your behalf when you become unable to, this may not be a concern. However, if you find yourself in a situation where you can no longer look after your own affairs, the lack of a Power of Attorney can become time consuming and expensive.

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How can I prevent misuse of a Power of Attorney?

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When you grant a Power of Attorney, the aim is to appoint an attorney you can trust. You expect your attorney will make the kind of decisions you would make but no longer can. In life, however, things do not always turn out as planned and, on occasions, it can be difficult to prevent misuse of a Power of Attorney.

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Mismanagement of Trusts and Power of Attorney


If you believe that a trustee or attorney is not managing the assets and affairs of a loved one as they should, you will understandably be concerned. Both trustees and attorneys have great power and responsibility in their position, and abuse of this position can have serious consequences. In this article, we look at the general financial duties of attorneys and trustees, as well as what you should do if you think something is wrong.  

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Power of Attorney – Can I delegate tasks or get assistance with my duties?

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If you have been appointed to act as an attorney on behalf of an adult you know, we understand that you may feel daunted by the responsibility this brings. You may be required to make difficult decisions and carry out tasks you are unsure of. However, you do not have to go through this alone, and it is possible to get help and advice to fulfil the role.

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