Vulnerable Clients

Record rise in legal action against powers of attorney

Court action against people acting with power of attorney on behalf of vulnerable people leapt by 55 per cent in the last year – a record high.

Former solicitor jailed for forging wills

A former solicitor has been sentenced to four years and two months in jail after admitting he forged clients’ wills to cover his tracks.

Relief effort: forfeiture and assisted suicide

Mark Pawlowski reviews the Court of Appeal’s latest ruling on the application of the forfeiture rule in relation to assisted suicide and considers circumstances where judges will likely grant relief from the rule

Full capacity: should you take instructions from client?

Litigators should be attuned to capacity issues before taking or proceedings with client instructions, warns Hannah Mantle

Decide for yourself

The judgment in CH v A Metropolitan Council demonstrates that before making decisions for a vulnerable person, there is a real obligation to support them to gain capacity where possible, writes Sophia Roper

Modernisation of wills is essential, but by no means at the risk of client protection

Claire Davis raises concerns that the Law Commision’s reforms may go too far