A Living Will (advance decision) allows you to express your wishes to refuse medical treatment in the future.
A Living Will would become relevant if there came a time when you were unable to make or communicate your own decisions
It allows you to refuse treatment, even if this might lead to your death.
To make an advance decision, you must:
- be aged 18 or over, and
- have mental capacity to make a Living Will
To be legally valid,
A Living Will to refuse life-sustaining treatment must be in writing. Life-sustaining treatment is treatment that, in the view of the person providing your healthcare, is necessary to keep you alive.
Examples of life-sustaining treatment include: being given food or drink by tube if you cannot take it by mouth (doctors describe this as ‘artificial nutrition and hydration’); kidney dialysis; using a machine to help you breathe; restarting your heart using cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
Must a doctor always follow a Living Will?
If a Living Will is prepared according to the requirements of the Mental Capacity Act 2005, it is legally binding. Medical professionals must follow it, regardless of whether they believe it is in your ‘best interests’, providing – they are aware of it – it is valid, and – it applies to the current situation.
To Make a Living Will
- Speak with your Complete Wills Estate Planning Consultant during your meeting, or
- Call-Email us now to discuss making a Living Will and to arrange a suitable appointment.