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Chris Belcher ponders the effects of more legal work being undertaken online

18 September 2012

I was fortunate enough last week to attend a demonstration of the alpha version of the online lasting power of attorney (LPA) facility which the Ministry of Justice and the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) hope to make available next year.

The online tool was very impressive – a powerful way both to make an LPA and then to register it with the OPG all at the click of a few buttons. But it got me thinking, will this sort of development inevitably end up with an entirely online system for all areas of our working lives?

Phasing out

We have already seen an increase in the number of forms that it is now compulsory to complete online. The phasing out of the paper tax return is almost complete, and online filing is now mandatory for almost everyone.

In a similar vein, the Charity Commission now requires...

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