Safeguarding is vital when appointing others to act

Financial abuse of vulnerable people by those acting on their behalf is on the rise, with investigations into the actions of appointed attorneys soaring to a record high. With the continuing rise in dementia and a population that is living longer, these figures show how important it is that people understand how to act under a power of attorney, and the need for safeguarding and professional input to the process.  A Power of Attorney is a document by which someone - known as the donor - gives another person –…

Legal Aid evidence criteria – successful Court challenge

The charity Rights of Women was recently successful in the Court of Appeal in challenging certain aspects of the evidential requirements of domestic abuse in relation to legal aid applications. The evidential requirements of domestic abuse to enable a person to qualify for legal aid (with exceptions) are contained in Regulation 33 of the Civil Legal Aid (Procedure) Regulations 2012. The Court of Appeal declared that Regulation 33 is invalid in so far as it:- Required verifications of domestic violence to be given within a 24 month period before any…

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