Advance directive = “living Will”.
A Living Will allows you to record what you would like to happen regarding any future medical care or treatments that you may receive in the event that you cannot communicate those wishes at the time.
A Living Will ONLY deals with your wishes regarding medical treatment when you are alive. You should ensure that a Will is also written to handle your affairs in the event of your death.
A Living Will allows you to decide what you would like to happen regarding any future medical care and treatment. It gives you and your family the peace of mind that your wishes are recorded in the event of specific future situations.
A Living Will includes legally binding wishes, such as refusing specific types of treatment, and wishes which are not legally binding, such as the type of care you would like to receive.
When this could help
If you have strong feelings about certain types of medical treatments, or have been diagnosed with a degenerative, terminal or mental illness, then creating a Living Will can give you greater peace of mind.
If you decide to write a Living Will it is important to discuss this matter with your GP so that your intentions are clearly recorded in your medical records.
Living Wills are often created in conjunction with a Lasting Power of Attorney. A Lasting Power of Attorney allows you to give people you trust the legal authority to deal with and manage your financial affairs on your behalf.