Making a Living Will
Are there circumstances in which you would refuse life saving medical treatment? Are you concerned that your wishes may be ignored by those seeking to prolong your life?
You can make an Advance Decision, also known as a ‘Living Will’, and have your voice heard at that moment, whether or not you are conscious, and whether or not you have capacity to make the decision when the situation arises.
If properly worded and signed, your Advance Decision is legally binding on those treating you at that time.
To protect your wishes, it is essential to set out exactly what treatment you wish to refuse in exactly what circumstances. This may require you to discuss the matter with your GP, to ensure you have considered all the options and used the correct medical terminology. Your Advance Decision should be made in writing and be signed by you in the presence of a witness, who will then sign it in your presence.
If you already have a Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) your Advance Decision will override the views of your Attorney if the specific circumstances in your Advance Decision arise.
If you register a Health and Welfare LPA after signing your Advance Decision, neither your Attorney nor your healthcare team will be bound by your Advance Decision should the specific circumstances arise.
It is wise to appoint an Attorney(s) you trust, and to 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.