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Lasting Powers of Attorney

New Mental Capacity Act law to ‘protect vulnerable in care’

A new law to protect the interests of vulnerable people in care is expected to be in place early next year. The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill will replace the current system known as ‘Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards’ (DoLs). DoLs are assessments currently carried out on people who do not have the mental capacity to make their own decisions about their care, for example because they are living with dementia. It …Read More

The Mirage of Old Age

When we are young, old age seems a distant event and like a mirage, the closer we get to it the further away it seems.    However, the reality is that with the passing of years, no matter how young we may feel at heart, we become older and can in time become fragile and vulnerable.

Plans for digital lasting powers of attorney put on hold

Controversial plans to create a fully digital system for setting up lasting powers of attorney online have been put on hold so that more research can be carried out. The government made the announcement following concerns raised by the Law Society that a fully digital system could be open to abuse. A partial digital system was introduced last year but it still required users to print out and physically sign …Read More