What is a Living Will?
A Living Will, also known as an ‘advance decision’, enables you to let others know what you would like to happen regarding any medical treatments that you may require in the future, if you are unable to make the decision for yourself at the time. You can specify the medical treatments you would refuse and detail in what circumstances you should not receive these treatments, giving you peace of mind for the future if you feel strongly about the medical care you would not like.
This is a very different document to a normal Will, as it only includes what you would like to happen regarding your medical treatment when you are alive. In order to make sure your wishes about what you would like to happen to your estate when you die are taken into account, you will need to write a separate Will.
Although it is a legally binding document, a Living Will will only be implemented if you are unable to communicate what you want. It can also be implemented if you lose capacity.
Living Wills cost from £75 +VAT (£90).
Benefits of Making a Living Will
Writing down your wishes regarding future medical treatments can not only provide you with peace of mind, but also take the weight of decision off your family’s shoulders should the worst happen.
In a Living Will, for example, you can specify that you would like to refuse life support in certain circumstances. However, it is important to make sure that you are as clear as possible about the circumstances in which you would not want life support to be used.
Equally, Living Wills may be used if you have been diagnosed with, for example, a terminal illness and you want to ensure that your wishes regarding medical treatment in the future are made very clear.
When making a Living Will, many people also consider a Property and Financial Affairs Lasting Power of Attorney
Why use Austin Kemp for your Living Will?