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Changes to Powers of Attorney

Today saw the committee stage of the Power of Attorney bill in the House of Commons. This demonstrated how important the bill is in increasing safeguards for donors of lasting powers of attorney. The key takeaways are that it will simplify the process, bring in changes for notifying parties, introduce identity checks, streamline the objection process and provide digital evidence of the LPA. There was also emphasis on how sensible it is to seek legal advice and guidance before signing an LPA from experienced practitioners. Finally the retention of the original paper based process alongside the digital channel will it is hoped reinforce safeguards for donors.