This article highlights the growing problem of financial abuse of the elderly which must cause some concern among lawyers involved with preparation of Lasting Powers of Attorney.  The conundrum is that whilst a donor should only appoint someone they completely trust, financial abuse is often undertaken by those in positions of trust. So what can be done? Appointing more than one attorney to act jointly on decisions, including a professional attorney or adding restrictions are options but there are downsides to these. Is there an answer and do current safeguards go far enough?