Power of attorney is a legal document that gives someone else the authority to act on your behalf. Unfortunately, it can be abused by the person given the authority. This can be done through fraud, coercion, or simply by taking advantage of someone’s vulnerability.
If you have concerns about a registered lasting power of attorney, it is important to contact the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG). The OPG is the government body responsible for supervising the use of Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) in England and Wales.
When you contact the OPG, you should provide the donor or client’s details (including full name, address and date of birth), the date you first noticed the concern, and any evidence you have to support the concern. This could include financial records, emails, or other documents.
The OPG will investigate your concerns and take appropriate action. This could include taking away the power of attorney, or referring the case to the police.
It is important to remember that the OPG cannot investigate every concern. If the OPG believes that the power of attorney is being abused, they will investigate and take action. However, if they believe that the power of attorney is being used appropriately, they will not investigate further.
If you have any concerns about a registered lasting power of attorney, it is important to contact the OPG as soon as possible. The OPG can provide advice and support, and take action if necessary.
In addition to contacting the OPG, there are other steps you can take to protect yourself from power of attorney abuse. For example, you should keep a close eye on any financial transactions, and make sure that the person given the power of attorney is acting in your best interests.
It is also important to remember that power of attorney can be revoked at any time. If you have any concerns about the way the power of attorney is being used, you should contact a solicitor or the OPG as soon as possible.
By taking these steps, you can help to protect yourself from power of attorney abuse. It is important to be aware of the risks and to take action if you have any concerns.