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Update: elderly client

Lauren Killilea rounds up the latest developments and key issues for those advising older clients

29 October 2012

Powers of attorney: an abuser's charter?

In recent weeks, the abuse suffered by vulnerable and elderly persons in care homes has been front-page news. The appalling treatment has naturally caused distress and great concern to the family and friends of the care home residents.

Sadly, there is another area of abuse suffered by elderly, vulnerable people, which does not attract the same amount of media attention: financial abuse carried out by attorneys, who are normally close relatives of the person suffering the abuse.

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For many years, professionals involved in advising elderly clients have routinely recommended making powers of attorney (previously enduring powers of attorney (EPAs), now lasting powers of attorney for property and finances (LPAs)), to ensure that financial matters could be dealt with if the client subse...

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