Daily Mail

Power of Attorney abuse fears

- Moneymail@dailymail.co.uk

SOLICITORS are warning that plans to move the Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) process entirely online could alienate vulnerable adults or put them at risk of fraud or abuse.

Among modernisat­ion proposals, the Office of the Public Guardian and Ministry of Justice want to eliminate paper applicatio­ns and the need for an independen­t party to witness signatures.

An LPA is a powerful legal document that allows you to give someone you trust the authority to make decisions on your behalf about your finances, health and care when you are no longer capable, or want to.

Michael Culver, chairman of Solicitors For The Elderly, says: ‘Vulnerable people could be more open to the abuse of power and fraud.’ Law Society president Stephanie Boyce added that those without computers or digital skills had not been considered.

The consultati­on closes next month.

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