What are “Living Wills”?
Popularly known as Living Wills, these are also called ”Advance Medical Directives” or ”End-of-Life Decisions”. A Living Willk is a document which spells out to the medical profession your wishes and instructions in relation to future healthcare, in particular and most commonly the refusal of treatment in certain situations where a person is no longer capable of making or communicating such a decision to their medical team.
A Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare enables you to appoint a person, or persons, to make health and welfare decisions on your behalf if you lose capacity to make those decisions yourself. This can also include allowing those persons to make decisions as to 'life sustaining treatment'.
However, if you do not wish to appoint a Welfare Attorney to make end of life decisions on your behalf, but would prefer to give instructions directly to the medical practitioner who is looking after your case, then a Living Will may be more appropriate for you.
- We can offer advice and guidance on what issues or scenarios you should consider or may wish to explore further before committing anything in writing.
- We are happy to talk through all the legal options with you and we can help you understand the often complex issues involved. We strongly advise that you try and discuss all medical questions with your GP, as available treatments and medical practices are changing all the time.
- We can provide you with and prepare the necessary forms and advise on the legal implications for a medical practitioner involved in your case and/or your family
If you would like to talk to us about putting in place a Living Will, please contact us and a member of our team will contact you to discuss your options.
post 32 Monk Street, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire NP7 5NW or Old Bank House Beaufort Street Crickhowell NP8 1AD
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If you have any general questions at this stage, you can always telephone us and ask to speak to a member of our Private Client Team on 01873 852432 (Rhian Vaughan) or 01873 810629 (Ruth Main).
For further information and guidance we suggest you may also visit www.direct.gov.uk/