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Missing York Chef Claudia Lawrence's Dad Welcomes Law Change


2:25pm 20th June 2013

The dad of missing York chef Claudia Lawrence has welcomed a change in the law.

Under Government proposals families will be able to sort out issues, like suspending direct debits under a so-called power of guardianship.

Currently they can't make alternative arrangements until their loved one is presumed dead.

Martin Dales, friend and spokesman for Peter Lawrence, dad of Claudia Lawrence missing since March 2009, said,

“I am pleased that the Government has acted in support of guardianship. Peter has been working tirelessly with the charity Missing People to emphasise the need for some sort of provision for those families who don’t wish to use the recently enacted Presumption of Death legislation.

“It is good news that the affairs of the missing person will be able to be looked after whilst they are missing. It is a stressful enough time for the families left behind to have to deal with without the hassle of financial & legal affairs that at the moment cannot be dealt with by anyone except the missing person themselves. “

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