Advance Directive / Living Will
Also called a ‘living will’, an Advance Directive is a legal document that helps medical staff make decisions about your medical care if you’re later diagnosed with a life threatening condition and can’t make your own choices. It enables you to make your views known before you lose capacity.
Putting an Advance Directive in place means your relatives are spared the distress of making decisions about your care. If you were to end up on a life support machine with no hope of any future quality of life, your Advance Directive will state whether or not you would want that support to continue.
An Advance Directive is a fairly straightforward document, but the Mental Capacity Act sets out strict rules about when and how it can be drawn up and applied. It must be signed, witnessed and then reviewed and re-signed regularly.
What an Advance Directive doesn’t do
An Advance Directive does not describe how you want to be cared for if you lose capacity, for example, whether you would prefer to be cared for at home or move into a care home. Neither does it appoint someone else to make decisions about your medical care. These functions are covered by a Personal Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA), which Colin can also help you with.
It’s important to talk to an expert
If you’re considering an Advance Directive, you’ll need to take expert legal advice. Colin Snaith will talk you through the available options and draw up a legally valid document that reflects your wishes.
Contact Colin today to book a free, no obligation appointment.