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Lasting Powers of Attorney


Wills and probate

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1 October 2016

Law Society Publishing


234 x 156 mm
496 pages

Lasting Powers of Attorney
A Practical Guide, 3rd edition

Craig Ward


The third edition of this popular practical guide to lasting powers of attorney has been updated and expanded to take account of all developments in the relevant law and practice since 2011.

The author draws on his experience of making LPAs and the guidance in the Code of Practice, from the Public Guardian, the Law Society and Solicitors for the Elderly to focus on the practical issues for advisers and highlight potential pitfalls.

Among the issues covered in this edition are:

  • LPAs for business owners
  • Law Society Meeting the Needs of Vulnerable Clients Practice Note
  • Challenging attorneys
  • Health and Welfare deputies.
  • To help lawyers to give their clients full advice, the author also offers guidelines on existing EPAs and advance decisions.

    The appendix contains law and guidance relevant to advisers, including extracts from the Code of Practice, statutory extracts, and Practice Notes from the Law Society.


"I've used the second edition of the guide for the past few years but the new edition has new chapters on business LPAs which will prove invaluable. The case law summary appendix has also been expanded and makes it much easier to find the relevant case. All in all, an excellent tool for anyone drafting and advising on LPAs
Partner, Gregsons Solicitors"


1. Introduction;
2. MCA 2005 principles;
3. Assessment of mental capacity;
4. Best interests;
5. Taking instructions;
6. Advice to the donor;
7. Drafting, execution and registration;
8. Resolving disputes;
9. Attorneys and other decision-makers;
10. Business lasting powers of attorney;
11. Drafting a business lasting power of attorney;
12. Objections, challenges and revocations;
13. Advance decisions to refuse medical treatment;
14. Enduring powers of attorney;
15. Court of Protection deputies.
A. Mental Capacity Act Code of Practice, Chapter 7;
B. Law Society Practice Note: Lasting powers of attorney;
C. Law Society Practice Note: Powers of attorney for banking;
D. Case law summaries – severance of restrictions and conditions;
E. Business attorney roles and responsibilities;
F. Directors making business lasting powers of attorney;
G. Law applicable to business lasting powers of attorney;
H. Health and welfare deputy applications;
I. Advance decision.

About the Author

Craig Ward is a consultant solicitor, writer and researcher. He has an MSc in applied health research from King's College London and a BA(Hons) in psychology. He is a member of SFE and the British Psychological Society. He is also visiting research fellow at King's College London.