Resolution, previously known as the Solicitors Family Law Association, has joined with one of the country's top law makers, Lord Lester QC, to introduce a Bill to end the injustice and financial hardship experienced by cohabiting couples, carers and siblings. According to Resolution the number of cohabiting couples has risen by 50% since 1996 to 2.2 million; that's one in every 6 couples.
Equally an aging population means that some 500,000 adults spend 20 hours a week caring for a relative, many living in the same house. Their argument for reform is clear; the characteristics of the modern family have changed dramatically over the past 50 years.
The Mental Capacity Act 2005 was introduced in 2007 with an admirable purpose however the new forms, practice notes and guidance are over complicated and lengthy. What was once a relatively straightforward procedure for Will writers is now a time consuming task.
Since the Act came into force both Will writers and their clients have faced a torrent of problems. The complexity of the forms, delays in registration and the lack of understanding of the new rules by the OPG staff themselves have made the introduction of the Lasting Power of Attorney difficult.