The news that the families of missing people will get more power to handle legal and money problems after their disappearance is “excellent”, Baroness Kramer said today.
The Government has proposed a new power of “guardianship” which would allow families in England and Wales to deal with property and administrative tasks such as suspending direct debits.
Last year Baroness Kramer withdrew a similar Private Member’s Bill after being given assurances that the Government would take up the issue.
Currently families can have to wait years for loved ones to be presumed dead.
Baroness Kramer said today: “This is excellent. Last year I withdrew my Bill on guardianship on the understanding that the Government would take up the issue. They have lived up to their word and put in place an aggressive timetable.
“So many families left in intolerable limbo when a relative goes missing will at least be able to handle these practical affairs.
“Guardianship powers will at least mean that issues like managing bank accounts and mortgages do not add these families’ emotional trauma.”
The Ministry of Justice is proposing a “temporary status” between people who are missing and those proposed dead.
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