Although often referred to as a Living Will, this legal document is not to be confused with the document which we normally think of as a Will. It is more properly called an Advance Decision and is a document which specifies our wishes about the medical treatment or care that we would want to receive should we become incapable of communicating our wishes or consenting to or refusing medical treatment in the future.
What are the advantages of an Advance Decision/Living Will?
It is a legally binding document designed to ensure that your wishes are followed if you are unable to communicate them in the future. Some of the advantages are:
- It enables your rights to be respected, particularly your right to reject medical treatment or certain types of medical treatment which can be particularly important, for example, when decisions need to be made about end-of-life medical care
- It can take away the stress of your loved ones having to make these decisions on your behalf (if you and they are happy for them to make decisions on your behalf then you should consider a Lasting Power of Attorney instead); sadly, all too often, these decisions often end up in painful family disputes some of which even make it as far as the Court to make a final decision
- It can help medical professionals in taking difficult decisions when they are unable to obtain your consent.
How can we help you?
We recognise that even thinking about whether you need to plan for these uncertainties is not a pleasant experience, but, nevertheless, planning ahead now can help to take away at least some of your loved ones’ stress if the situation ever arises when these types of decision need to be made. If you are already planning ahead for your family’s security by getting advice from us, don’t overlook a Living Will (or a Lasting Power of Attorney for that matter).
We offer a free 30 minute consultation either by phone or at our offices, to enable you to make an informed decision as to whether a Living Will/Advance Decision is right for you or for someone you care about.
We are able to arrange home and hospital visits at no extra cost (subject to location) for clients with a disability or who would otherwise be unable to attend our offices.
PLEASE CONTACT OUR PROBATE TEAM FOR PRICES AND FURTHER INFORMATION.