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The latest changes to the LPA registration process are very welcome, however fewer stages comes with a risk of exposing vulnerable donors

2 July 2015

From 1 July 2015, new forms will be used to create a Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) in England and Wales. These forms amalgamate the instruments for making and registering an LPA. The existing LPA forms (introduced in 2009) can still be executed until 1 January 2016.

The new forms are quite different, not just by virtue of having the registration document included, but in some more subtle ways. I'm not sure that they will do away with my main bugbear (namely having to ask ill and frail clients to do at least three and sometimes, as many as 11 signatures on the trot) but will they be easier to work through?

The presentation of the forms is less 'busy', and there are helpful pointers that refer to separate guidance. While the inclusion of the registration pages has made the LPAs longer, a lot o...

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