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Digital Lasting Powers of Attorney

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A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a way of handing control of your financial affairs, or decisions over your health and welfare, to someone else. You can draw Powers of Attorney up for all sorts of reasons, whether it is because: 1.  you have been diagnosed with a condition that means your mental health may deteriorate; 2.  you may be out of the country frequently and require business / property transactions to continue smoothly in your absence. 3.  you want to have one available, just in case, so that if you have an accident someone will be able to step into the breach and help you. These are just three examples, but there are many other uses. Generally these documents are drawn up after consulting a Solicitor and family members, and carefully considering who should be involved in your affairs. The Government has long been discussing a digital service. Our firm is all for digital services, and frequently offer new services to clients which hopefully help them when using legal services – check out our Conveyancing case tracker for example. But with these kinds of personal documents a lot of thought has to be put into it.  And in particular, consideration must be paid to the vulnerable, who can be abused if these documents are drawn up by unscrupulous people. So I am pleased that the government has postponed the digital service to allow time for more consultation. If you would like to know more about Lasting Powers of Attorney, then please contact a member of our Private Client team  on 01623 451111, or email mailto:rhoward@fidler.co.uk

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