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Solicitors and enduring documents: current practice and best practice

Willmott, Lindy & White, Benjamin P. (2008) Solicitors and enduring documents: current practice and best practice. Journal of Law and Medicine, 16(3), pp. 466-487.

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Abstract

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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ID Code: 16965
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Adult guardianship law, Enduring powers of attorney, Assessment of capacity, Legal ethics
ISSN: 1320-159X
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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