Health and Welfare LPAs in the headlines

It is important to seek advice about the preparation and registration of Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) for Health and Welfare. This is so the scope of the LPA can be explained, but also the authority your attorneys will have and your options regarding how to appoint them, to ensure you create a valid LPA.

A series of Court of Protection (CoP) test cases have raised issues around the validity of wording in lasting powers of attorney (LPAs), specifically in relation to euthanasia and assisted dying (Re DA & Ors).

The test cases, in which Tom Entwistle acted for the Public Guardian (the Applicant) and David Rees QC TEP acted for the Official Solicitor, raised two key issues around assisted dying and around the appointment of attorneys.