We at KCT were very interested to see that local authorities from South Yorkshire have given people from the area more leniency when it comes to making changes to their wills, The Star reports. Residents will now find it easier to make changes and ensure their wishes are followed if their mental capacity declines.
New forms, which have been made simpler to understand and complete, will be introduced shortly and will allow individuals to state when they want their lasting power of attorney (LPA) to come into effect.
Justice Minister Simon Hughes announced the changes himself, and stated that "having lasting powers of attorney is as important as having a will", before reiterating the fact that the changes will make it "much easier for people to apply for one."
According to the Gov.uk website, LPA is a legal document which allows an individual to appoint others to make decisions on their behalf, related to either health and welfare or property and financial affairs. In order to grant someone LPA, an individual must be over 18 and have the ability to make their own decisions.
Hughes noted that LPAs are essential for giving people "peace of mind" when it comes to their will, as they know that should they ever "lose capacity" any important decisions that need to be made about their life and assets can be taken by someone they have chosen specifically for the task. He concluded that these changes are a step in the right direction to "protect the public" and LPAs are a fantastic safeguard for individuals.
Do you think that making LPA applications easier is a good decision?