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Government plans to modernise Lasting Powers of Attorney

The government has announced proposals to "transform the lasting power of attorney (LPA) system – making it quicker to use, easier to access and even more secure from fraud".

Under the proposals, people will be able to make an LPA completely online for the first time – bringing it in line with other government services such as applying for a divorce. The current paper-based system will continue to operate meaning people can choose an accessible process that's best for their specific needs.

The reforms are intended to bolster safeguards to protect vulnerable people from abuse or fraud. The plans include new identification checks which would require official documents or information such as a driving licence, passport or Government Gateway account as part of a strengthened verification process.

The announcement follows a government consultation which sought views on modernising the system. For the government's response to the consultation, click here.