Fear of abuse of power of attorney when the application process is moved online

Fear of proxy abuse: Plans to move applications online could put vulnerable adults at risk of fraud, lawyers say

The Public Prosecution Service and the Ministry of Justice want to speed up the proxy process

Lawyers warn that plans to move the durable power of attorney (LPA) process entirely online could alienate vulnerable adults or put them at risk for fraud or abuse.

Of the modernization proposals, the Office of the Public Guardian and the Department of Justice want to request the paperwork and eliminate the need for an independent party to witness signatures.

An LPA is a powerful legal document that allows you to give someone you trust the authority to make decisions on your behalf about your finances, health and care when you are no longer able or willing.

Michael Culver, president of Solicitors For The Elderly, says, “Vulnerable people could be more open to abuse of power and fraud.”

Stephanie Boyce, president of the Law Society, added that people without computers or digital skills had not been taken into account.

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