Wednesday, August 4

Plans revealed to modernise Lasting Power of Attorneys making the system faster and more accessible

Under the plans, which have been put forward under a consultation called’Modernising Lasting Powers of Attorney’, the Government plans to look at how technology could be used to reform the current paper-based application process, increase safeguards, improve accessibility and speed up the service. It will also look at making the process of objecting to a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) simpler.

If someone experiences difficulties, such as a stroke, serious accident or dementia, that mean they can’t make decisions anymore, they will need help managing their finances. A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document where someone (while they still have mental capacity to do so) nominates someone trusted to look after their affairs if they lost capacity.

Your representative should only ever make a choice for you if you’re unable to make that specific decision at the time it needs to be made though. For example, if you fall into a coma, your representative would start looking after your affairs. Yet if you wake from the coma, you should be able to make your own decisions again.

We’ve more on the Government’s proposed shake-up to the system below, but you can also read the full Government consultation online. The plans were published on 20 July and are open for consultation until 13 October 2021. Also see our Power of Attorney guide for more info on what is and how to make one.

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