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Practitioners need to convince clients of the value of expert advice in advance decisions, says Andrew Cusworth

26 July 2012

During tough economic times and with the increasing access to and use of the internet, many people are going down the DIY route to meet their various legal needs.

Many practitioners will be familiar with people trying to make their own wills, codicils and lasting powers of attorney. It is an area of growing concern for legal practitioners who will often only see clients after they have tried to deal with matters themselves, sometimes with devastating results.

Statutory footing

Advance decisions are a good example of a particularly difficult area, but one where some people try to manage the arrangements themselves. The advance decision, put on a statutory footing by the Mental Capacity Act 2005, has recently been under the spotlight, with the courts highlighting the problems that can ensue when the right advice is not sought. Similarly, any pr...

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