Solicitors and enduring documents: current practice and best practice
Queensland’s guardianship legislation requires that a witness to an enduring power of attorney or advance health directive not only certify that the principal signed the document in their presence, but also that the principal appeared to have the capacity necessary to make the enduring document. This article examines how solicitors fulfil this obligation to certify the principal’s capacity when witnessing these documents, drawing on empirical research and a review of publicly available court and tribunal decisions. The article concludes that the current practice of solicitors when certifying the capacity of principals to complete these documents falls short of best practice.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Adult guardianship law, Enduring powers of attorney, Assessment of capacity, Legal ethics|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Law not elsewhere classified (180199)|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law|
Current > Research Centres > Law and Justice Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Law
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2008 Thomson Reuters|
|Deposited On:||17 Dec 2008 13:15|
|Last Modified:||04 Feb 2013 07:53|
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