You may not be able to convey your wishes to hospital staff verbally and so, any medical treatment you receive will be decided upon by the medical profession. Only an Advanced Directive / Living Will is legally binding.
When you are ill, you can usually discuss treatment options with your Doctor and then jointly, reach a decision about your future care.
However, you may be admitted to hospital when unconscious or become unable on a temporary, or permanent basis, to make your own decisions about your treatment, or communicate your wishes. This may happen for example, if you have a car accident, a stroke, or develop dementia.
To use the technical term – you would ‘lack mental capacity’ to make an informed decision and /or communicate your wishes. In such situations, doctors have a legal and ethical obligation to act in your best interests. One exception to this is if you have made an advance decision refusing treatment. If this decision is valid and applicable to the circumstances, medical professionals providing your care are bound to follow it.
The term ‘living will’ could be used to refer to an advance decision / directive or an advance statement. An advance decision is a decision to refuse treatment; an advance statement is any other decision about how you would like to be treated
Only an advance decision is legally binding, but an advance decision should be taken into account when deciding what is in your best interests.
You may wish to make an advance decision if you have strong feelings about a particular situation that could arise in the future. This might relate to having a limb amputated following an accident or having a blood transfusion. More commonly, you may have been told that you have a terminal illness or form of dementia. You may wish to prepare an advance decision indicating the type of treatment you would not want to receive in the future.
Making an advance decision may give you peace of mind in knowing that your wishes should not be ignored if you are unable to take part in the decision making process at the relevant time.
A Will is a legal document that clearly sets out your wishes for the distribution of your estate after your death. Having a clear, legally valid and up-to-date Will is the best way to help ensure that your assets are protected and distributed according to your wishes.
mirror wills consist of two separate documents that are almost identical. The surviving partner is usually named as the beneficiary of the first death, and then the same beneficiaries on the original will are handed the estate upon the second person’s death.
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In the event that you became incapacitated through serious illness or injury, disability, stroke or dementia… who would you want looking after your property, finances, health and welfare?