Protecting elderly clients

Ann Stanyer welcomes proposals to reform the overburdened DOLS system and a recent decision on interpreting the LPA rules

05 Jul 2017

The last six months have seen some major developments in private client practice in respect of the elderly. This includes the Law Commission’s review of the deprivation of liberty safeguards (DOLS) and the ongoing problems with delegation of investment management by attorneys.

Review of the DOLS system

The Law Commission is recommending new legislation to replace the overworked DOLS system currently in place. This system prevents those without mental capacity from being detained in care homes and hospitals by local authorities in England and Wales without appropriate checks being carried out. The Mental Capacity Act ...

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