Richard Burgess: Raising the profile of wills and LPAs with clients

Wills and LPAs explained

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Solicitor Richard Burgess looks at clients' 'dangerous reluctance' to face mortality. Here he outlines why a will and lasting power of attorney should be in place for more people

Recently released research showing that approximately a third of baby boomers had registered a lasting power attorney (LPA) suggests either that LPAs are insufficiently publicised or that they are mistrusted. This means millions of people miss out on appointing a trusted family member or friend to take important decisions on their behalf before it is too late. That a similar proportion of adults do not have a will is arguably more concerning.  Baby boomers are aged between 58 and 76. Typically at this age an individual will have accrued assets and, with retirement either taken or o...

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