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    10 June 2014

    Enabling digital by default – Lasting Power of Attorney

    Before the Enduring Powers of Attorney Act (EPA) was introduced in 1985, there was no facility for power of attorney to continue once the donor had lost their mental capacity. 

    Following concern over the abuse of EPAs, particularly those that remained unregistered, despite the donor having a reduced capacity for decision-making, the Mental Capacity Act 2005 introduced lasting power of attorney (LPA).

    LPAs are intended to provide safeguards in the form of a certificate provider and a person told of the application to register, in addition to the need to register.

    How do I start making a Lasting Power of Attorney with Steeles Law?

    Our advice is to act now, sensitive to the issues involved, we have the expertise and experience to guide you through the options available. We would always recommend that you consider making Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA). It would be a mistake to believe you don’t need a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) until you’re elderly, in fact, the earlier you make one, the better prepared you are for every eventuality.

    We are happy for you to ask us any questions and should you wish to make one, please contact our dedicated Wills, Trusts and Probate team on 01603 598000 or by emailing probate@steeleslaw.co.uk. Appointments are available at our Diss, Norwich and London offices or home visits by appointment.

    *The information provided in this article is designed to provide useful information on the subject, not to provide specific legal advice.

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