Being appointed as an attorney is a huge responsibility and commitment. A person may not understand the complexities of the role when signing their attorney declaration as part of the Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) signing process. If you are in any doubt about your duties as an attorney, it is important to take advice to ensure you take the necessary steps and understand your role.
A significant factor in attorney abuse arises from attorneys’ ignorance, of them doing something they should not do, or more frequently, failing to do something they should do; not as a result of any deliberate intention but because of their negligence or lack of understanding. Do we do enough to support attorneys? How do we ensure an attorney is aware of the role and their responsibilities?