The terrible case of Mr Smith and the financial abuse perpetrated upon him by his son is understandably reportable, but where is the balance?
Hundreds of Attorneys are going about their daily lives, voluntarily assisting in the management of property and financial matters of their loved ones, without concern or drama.
The press continually reports cases such as these, but there is a possibility that public perception of the benefits of Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) can be eroded, if all they see are the occasional misuse of such powers by unscrupulous Attorneys.
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A GRAPHIC designer cleaned out his 92-year-old father’s accounts to help prop up his struggling business after being granted power of attorney. And but for the charitable outlook of the residential home where Graham Smith’s father was living, the pensioner could have lost his place there as a result. Smith, 59, of High Street, Henley-in-Arden, was jailed for two years after pleading guilty at Warwick Crown Court to fraud in abuse of a position of trust.