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Secrets and lies

Controversial and sinister? A licence to loot? Your client could be reading these media labels about the Court of Protection, warns Sofia Tayton

18 July 2013

 

 

 

 

"The Ministry of Peace concerns itself with war, the Ministry of Truth with lies, the Ministry of Love with torture and the Ministry of Plenty with starvation. These contradictions are not accidental, nor do they result from ordinary hypocrisy: they are deliberate exercises in doublethink."

George Orwell, 1984

If recent press coverage about the Court of Protection is to be believed, the spirit of 1984 is alive and well. While fellow advisers understand the court and know it significantly predates the Mental Capacity Act, our clients won't necessarily realise. The thought of a 'court' can be scary and intimidating, and often our own efforts to market powers of attorney only add to this. ?But this difficult, time-consuming process can be avoided if a power of attorney is prepared.

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