Rebecca Head Defends Lasting Powers of Attorney

Rebecca Head has defended lasting powers of attorney after comments from a former senior judge that powers of attorney may leave elderly people open to abuse

lasting-powerRebecca is a member of the national group, Solicitors for the Elderly which says with the right advice, powers of attorney can act as important safeguards

If you’ve ever made or considered making a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) the comments of a former Senior Judge of the Court of Protection, Denzil Lush, may have caught your attention last week.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40887323

A LPA is a powerful legal document that allows a person to appoint trusted individuals to make important decisions about care and finances on their behalf, in the event of a loss of mental capacity through an accident or illness such as dementia.

In the foreword to a new book on the subject, Mr Lush raised concerns about the “lack of transparency” in how appointed attorneys manage older people’s finances. The former judge went on to criticise the Ministry of Justice as being “disingenuous” in its promotion of the legal document.

However, Rebecca said LPAs are effective safeguards when created responsibly:

“Senior Judge Lush’s comments have given rise to fears that LPAs are a direct avenue for financial abuse. However, his comments must be put into context, as his 20-year career at the Court of Protection will have presented him with the very worst cases of financial abuse.

“An LPA can be a positive and effective legal tool, which ensures your wishes are respected should you ever lose capacity. Senior Judge Lush’s comments should highlight the clear need for professional advice when considering powerful legal documents of this nature.”

If you would like to talk to Rebecca about LPAs and if they are right for you, please call her on 01543 440 308

Happy Birthday to Us!

We celebrated our first year in business in July and were delighted to welcome friends, local businesses and clients who have supported us throughout our first 12 months, to our First Birthday Party!

After being well fed and watered in the luxurious surroundings of Aston Wood Golf Club, we sat back and enjoyed entertainment from White Eskimo (with Stuart’s son Robbie on bass guitar).  We can’t imagine there are many Solicitors who celebrate Birthday’s with an up and coming rock band….another reason, we are “clearly different”!

White Eskimo
White Eskimo

We would like to say a tremendous ‘thank you’ to everyone who attended and helped us raise a whopping £290.85 for our nominated charity, the Tamworth Wellbeing and Cancer Support Centre, by participating in our Heads and Tails game.

Here’s to the next 12 months…..

 

Joanna, Beckie, Kelly & Stuart would like to thank all of our clients and professional contacts for the support over the last 12 months.
Joanna, Beckie, Kelly & Stuart would like to thank all of our clients and professional contacts for the support over the last 12 months.

Stuart is being let out of the office again……..

Stuart loves to get out of the office!  So, on Thursday 21st September, we thought we’d let him out……

Stuart will be speaking at MeetUp@Marstons, which is a monthly networking event organised by the Burton Small Business Group.  Stuart enjoys nothing more than to wax lyrical about terms and conditions and will be helping the businesses in the room understand whether their terms and conditions provide the legal protection they need.

For further information, or to book a ticket to the event, please follow the link below:-

https://burtonsmallbusiness.co.uk/index.php/2017/07/26/business-ts-cs-at-sept-meetup/