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Living Wills or Advance Directives

What happens if we aren’t able to express our opinions on whether we wish to receive continued medical care or intervention?

Many of us will spend time in hospital and lots of us have spent time with loved ones during end of life care. Living Wills or “advance directives/decisions” as they are sometimes known, indicate your desire to refuse some or all forms of medical treatment in particular circumstances. An advance directive is prepared whilst you are mentally capable and is only used once you are no longer capable of expressing yourself in the decision making process.

Without an advance directive decisions might be made about your medical care without consideration of what you would prefer and choose for yourself. Of course clinical decisions remain with the medical profession but there are many other issues you can and should provide guidance on.

A witnessed document, such as an advance directive, makes sure that your wishes are considered. You should also consider registering a Lasting Power of Attorney – Health and Welfare to authorise people you trust to make decisions regarding your care needs and medical treatment.

You can contact one of our Private Client lawyers at our Lansdowne (01202 294411), Moordown (01202 527008) and Highcliffe (01425 282150) offices for more information.

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