After Denzil Lush, the former Senior Judge of the Court of Protection warned that Lasting Powers of Attorney (or LPAs) might leave elderly people open to abuse, Ian Walker looks at LPAs and how they can be completed properly.
An LPA is a powerful legal document that allows a person to appoint trusted individuals to make important decisions about care and finances on their behalf, in the event of a loss of mental capacity through an accident or illness such as dementia.
In the foreword to a new book on the subject, Mr Lush raised concerns about the “lack of transparency” in how appointed attorneys manage older people’s finances. The former judge went on to criticise the Ministry of Justice as being “disingenuous” in its promotion of the legal document.
However, Ian Walker – a member of national organisation Solicitors for the Elderly – said LPAs are effective safeguards when created responsibly: