Private client solicitors are set to see another area digitised in the coming months as Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) are set to becoming digitised under government plans.
The government through the Ministry of Justice has launched its ‘Digital Strategy 2025’ – which aims ‘to change the user experience of justice by providing simpler, faster and better services for everyone’ with a specific aim to ‘build a modern lasting power of attorney’.
It is hoped that by allowing citizens to make and use an LPA digitally, it will provide better support for citizens to make decisions and protect those most at risk.
It is also the aim of the government to provide an application process that is more automated for those at the Office of the Public Guardian – which should in turn make for a simpler and faster process for private client solicitors and firms.
The digitisation of the private client industry
This is the latest, if most deliberate, action in digitising areas of private client in recent years.
The pandemic and subsequent lockdowns brought with it the acceptance of remote witnessing Wills (extended until 31 January 2024) as well as electronic signatures for deeds. The Law Society has long considered keeping a digital register of Wills as best practice also.
In 2020, the Office of the Public Guardian also launched a digital ‘Use a lasting power of attorney’ tool to contact institutions such as banks and care providers more easily and to make and enforce decisions quicker.
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The train is moving only in one direction towards further digitisation as a faster, more secure, and more efficient way of processing estate queries – and as such firms and solicitors face the challenge of being able to keep up.
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