Making a Living Will
What are your views on life saving medical treatment? Will your wishes be considered if those circumstances arise for you?
An Advance Decision, or ‘Living Will’, sets out your preferred treatment in specific situations. It is legally binding on those treating you, providing it has been properly worded and signed. This means that whether or not you are conscious, and whether or. not you have capacity, your voice will be heard.
You need to state exactly which treatment, if any, you wish to refuse. You must also state the exact circumstances in which you would make this decision.
This is a complex issue. You may want to discuss the matter with your GP too. In any event, you should consider all the options and use the correct medical terminology in your Advance Decision.
The Advance Decision must be a written document. It must be signed by you in the presence of a witness, who must then sign it in your presence.
If you have a Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) in place before you make the Advance Decision, it will override your Attorney in any circumstances where there is conflict.
If you register a Health and Welfare Lasting LPA after your Advance Decision takes effect, neither your Attorney nor your healthcare team will be bound by your Advance Decision in such circumstances.
We recommend you appoint an Attorney you trust and indicate in the LPA that they must take account of your Advance Decision should the circumstances arise. Alternatively you may choose to make a new Advance Decision when the LPA has been registered.
We can advise you on the most appropriate course of action, and can complete the paperwork for you.
To find out more take a look at the Living Wills section of our Services page.