Powers of Attorney

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 7th June 2022.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to prevent people from taking advantage of vulnerable people by obtaining Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs).

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Lasting powers of attorney (LPA) offer vital protections where someone lacks the mental capacity to make their own decisions. My department recently consulted on how to increase safeguards for vulnerable people during their creation and this is set out in the Government response which was published on 19 May 2022. Copies are available in the House Library.

Proposals include the introduction of identification checks to deter fraud and improvements to the witnessing and objection processes to protect donors against abuse and undue pressure.

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