Your Guides to Advance Directives

What is an Advance Directive (often known as a living will)?

An Advance Directive is a document that relates to medical treatment you would not wish to receive should you become seriously ill and unable to communicate your wishes yourself. It is an important part of planning what to do in the event of a serious illness or disability.

People in good health find it difficult to imagine a range of circumstances they might find themselves in, sometimes it is more effective for Living Wills to be compiled in the early stages of a disease or disability, this will allow doctors to give realistic guidance about possible future solutions.

The Advance Directive is particularly relevant where degenerative diseases are concerned.

An Advance Directive is for those people who wish to have some control or say in the type of medical treatment they receive when they become unable to communicate themselves. An Advance Directive is not an instrument of euthanasia.

An Advance Directive is not an instrument of euthanasia.

Once signed, a copy of the Advance Directive should be given to your loved ones and to those involved in your care, a copy should also be included in your medical notes.

An Advance Directive should be reviewed regularly to ensure that it still accords with your wishes.

Please feel free to contact Cunningtons Solicitors on 01376 567275 to discuss your requirements with us.


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