Children, campaigners and some judges are calling for a change in the law so that children at the heart of family cases in England and Wales can talk in private to the judge if they so choose. More than 100,000 children were involved in family court cases over the past year, according to the guardian service Cafcass. Many are at the centre of bitter fights - either between their parents or between their families and local authorities.
A retired senior judge has warned of the lack of safeguards in the power of attorney system in England and Wales. Denzil Lush says people should be far more aware of the risks and has vowed to never sign one himself. The power of attorney is a legal document, which allows someone to make financial or welfare decisions on your behalf when you can no longer do so. Last year, almost 650,000 applications were made to register the document and there are 2.5m currently registered.
A retired senior judge has warned the power of attorney lacks safeguards, saying he would never sign one himself. But Frank Willett, a Dunkirk and Normandy veteran, did - and was exploited by his neighbour Colin Blake. Frank's daughter, Lesley, lived 300 miles away from her father. She was in South Wales and he was in Yorkshire. Suffering from dementia and in his early 80s, in 2003 Frank made Blake his attorney, giving him responsibility for his financial affairs.
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