In many cases, particularly where registration of the Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) was to take place immediately upon execution of the documents, the requirements for a person to be notified was somewhat surplus to requirements. In many cases therefore this change will make the process much easier. But does the lack of a requirement to notify someone, or have a second, independent certificate provider involved in the process, open up the gates to a flood of potential fraudulent applications to register?
LPAs were brought in to replace EPAs, in part due to concerns regarding the abuse of donors under powers of attorney. The new forms appear to be taking steps to remove how substantial some of these safeguards are, such as the requirement to notify someone on registration. Could you see this as potentially reopening a once closed door to financial abuse?