The system of Lasting Powers of Attorney is due to be significantly overhauled following The Powers of Attorney Act 2023 which received Royal Assent on 18th September 2023.
The aim of the changes is to modernise the process of making a Lasting Power of Attorney and to make Lasting Powers of Attorney more digital (although it is stated that there will still be a paper process for those unable to use the digital system).
Whilst many people may welcome a more digital system, for many, digital processes are daunting and many people are uneasy about our lives becoming more and more digital. Indeed, for some it is simply not possible since they do not have internet access or are unable to use the internet confidently.
Inevitably, when any system or process is changed, there are often “teething problems”. Lasting Powers of Attorney are sent to the Office of the Public Guardian to be registered and it is possible that they will suffer such “teething problems” whilst they settle into the new system.
There will be further direction from the government as to the implementation of the Act and a date for the changes will be set. In the meantime, if you are considering making Lasting Powers of Attorney, you may wish to speak with one of our lawyers before the changes are implemented so that your Powers of Attorney can be created under the current system.
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