Advance Directive, or Living Will
Staying in control of your life choices
Every adult with mental capacity has the right to consent to, or refuse, medical treatment. But if you are unconscious or otherwise lose the ability to speak or think for yourself, you potentially lose that right. And your family don’t automatically have the right to speak up for you, no matter how clearly you have explained you wishes to them. This means that medical professionals can decide what’s in your “best interests”, without taking your wishes into account.
The solution is to act, while you are fit and well, to write down your wishes in a formal document, an Advance Directive or Living Will.
In an Advance Directive, you specify what treatment you will and will not consent to if ever you are too unwell to communicate for yourself.
Many people specify in their Advance Directives that: -
- They want their dignity to be preserved.
- They do not want treatment designed solely to keep them alive, with no other benefits.
- The want to be keep comfortable and pain free.
- They want to receive pain relief even if doing so risks shortening their life.
Your Advance Directive can be used by your family and friends as clear evidence of your wishes, and must be taken into account by medical professionals when deciding what to do for you.
It is often used alongside a Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare, to give clear instructions about your preferences as to life sustaining treatment, so that your Attorneys are not burdened with trying to guess what your wishes would be if they are ever faced with difficult decisions concerning your care at the end of your life.
Making an Advance Directive costs £145 for a single person and £215 (less than £120 each) for a couple. Our Testamentary, Intermediate and Comprehensive Estate Plans also include Advance Directives.
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"Although we didn't think our financial affairs or family arrangements were particularly complicated, Gina talked us through all the things we should consider to ensure what we put in place was right for us and our family. She is clearly very knowledgeable and gave us lots of advice and guidance and explained everything so we understood the implications of our decisions. The paperwork was drawn up quickly and accurately based on our discussions. She also helped my parents with their estate planning. She reviewed their current arrangements and has drawn up lasting Powers of Attorney for them both. Again, everything was explained clearly and sensitively and I know my parents are also very happy with the service they received. I would happily recommend WillWritten to anyone considering making a Will or looking to review their estate planning. "