Powers of court in relation to validity of lasting powers of attorney
22.—(1) This section and section 23 apply if -
- (a) a person ("P") has executed or purported to execute an instrument with a view to creating a lasting power of attorney, or
- (b) an instrument has been registered as a lasting power of attorney conferred by P.
(2) The court may determine any question relating to-
- (a) whether one or more of the requirements for the creation of a lasting power of attorney have been met;
- (b) whether the power has been revoked or has otherwise come to an end.
(3) Subsection (4) applies if the court is satisfied-
- (a) that fraud or undue pressure was used to induce P-
- (i) to execute an instrument for the purpose of creating a lasting power of attorney, or
- (ii) to create a lasting power of attorney, or
- (b) that the donee (or, if more than one, any of them) of a lasting power of attorney-
- (i) has behaved, or is behaving, in a way that contravenes his authority or is not in P's best interests, or
- (ii) proposes to behave in a way that would contravene his authority or would not be in P's best interests.
(4) The court may-
- (a) direct that an instrument purporting to create the lasting power of attorney is not to be registered, or
- (b) if P lacks capacity to do so, revoke the instrument or the lasting power of attorney.
(5) If there is more than one donee, the court may under subsection (4)(b) revoke the instrument or the lasting power of attorney so far as it relates to any of them.
(6) "Donee" includes an intended donee.
The Mental Capacity Act 2005 has been fully in force since 1 October 2007. For details of proposed amendments, see Mental Health Act 2007.