Living Wills

A Living Will (or Advance Medical Directive (“AMD”)) allows you to set out your wishes for medical interventions in certain circumstances; generally, it details situations when you would wish to refuse medical treatment.

Although not considered legally binding, this detailed statement of wishes assists the individuals involved in making decisions regarding treatment such as your Welfare Attorney and medical professionals. It is one of the most personal documents that an individual can complete, as everyone has their own ideas for what they would consider appropriate treatment given different sets of circumstances.

It is essential that any AMD you have is reviewed regularly and updated if necessary, particularly if you are diagnosed with a serious illness. Its function is to assist your Welfare Attorney and the clinicians involved in your care as to your wishes, so the more up to date and specific you can make it, the more useful it is.

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