Mugford & Co Wills (Fareham) Ltd
What is a Living Will?
A living Will is also known as an advanced decision. It is a legal document which allows you to state in advance that you would
refuse treatment in certain circumstances.
Why would you want to do that?
Anyone with mental capacity can accept or refuse medical treatment. This could be for religious reasons or for purely practical
reasons, such as to avoid prolonged suffering when someone has an incurable illness. If you have due capacity you would state
your wishes at the time, but it could be that you are no longer able to, perhaps due to dementia, stroke or being in a coma.
Is that euthanasia?
No. In this country you cannot demand to die, but you can say that you do not wish to have treatment which would only prolong suffering.
You can state that you would want the palliative care that would make you comfortable even if that were to shorten your life in extreme circumstances.
What is the difference between a Living Will and a Health and Welfare LPA?
Under an LPA you appoint someone you trust to make decisions for you, which can even be life and death decisions. With a Living Will
you make the decision, albeit in advance. Asking someone else to make such decisions may be more onerous and traumatic than some people would like to go through.
If you would like to discuss this further, impartially, dispassionately and professionally, then do contact us
arrange an appointment.