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Changes afoot

The Office of the Public Guardian has decided not to create a combined LPA, but adjustments to LPA forms alone will bring enough changes, says Matthew Evans

19 September 2014

The Ministry of Justice has recently released its response to the October 2013 consultation, ‘Transforming the Services of the Office of Public Guardian’ (OPG). The consultation is of significance to elderly client practitioners as it considered some fairly major changes to the way in which lasting powers of attorney (LPAs) could be made.

At present, an individual can make a separate property and financial affairs LPA and a health and welfare LPA. One of the significant aspects of the consultation was that the OPG sought respondents’ views on the possibility of introducing a ‘combined’ LPA covering both ...

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