Power of attorney abuse fears Moving applications online could put vulnerable adults at risk of fraud

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The Office of the Public Guardian and the Ministry of Justice want to speed up the power of attorney process

Solicitors are warning that plans to move the permanent power of attorney (LPA) process entirely online could isolate vulnerable adults or put them at risk of fraud or abuse.

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Among modernization proposals, the Office of the Public Guardian and the Ministry of Justice want to eliminate paper applications and require an independent party to see the signatures.

The LPA is a powerful legal document that allows you to give someone you trust the authority to make decisions about your finances, health and care on your behalf when you are not able to, or don’t want to.

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Michael Culver, chairman of Solicitors for the Elderly, says: ‘Weak people may be more open to abuse of power and fraud.’

Law Society president Stephanie Boyce said those without computer or digital skills were not considered.

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