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Book review | Lasting Powers of Attorney: A Practical Guide – 2nd edition

Craig Ward The Law Society, 2011, £49.95 ISBN: 978-1853286025

9 March 2012

The issue of powers of attorney has increased relevance for all private client practitioners. In particular the area of LPAs and issues of mental health have undergone a sea change further to the implementation of the Mental Capacity Act.

As Ward himself points out in what could be a rallying call for private client practitioners: “You don’t have to make a LPA. You can let a stranger make the decisions for you. Alternatively you can let someone who knows and loves you make those decisions for you via a LPA.”

Therefore there is a compelling reason for our clients and thus ourselves to be fully appraised of this complex area of law. Filling in the LPA forms may take 20 or 30 minutes but this area of law is difficult and there is a need for us all to have guidance.

Ward’s work is topical and his enthusiasm for the subject shines through. This is a ...

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