A Living Will lets you record your wishes for any future medical care or treatments that you may need to receive if you cannot communicate those wishes at the time.
A Living Will only deals with your wishes regarding medical treatment during your lifetime, so you should still ensure that a separate Will is written to handle who you would like to inherit your estate after you die.
In a Living Will, you can set down your wishes for any future medical care or treatments that you may receive if you can’t communicate those wishes at the time.
You may have strong feelings about receiving or not receiving certain types of medical treatments, making a Living Will can give you greater peace of mind. If you decide to write a Living Will, you should discuss this with your GP so that your intentions are clearly recorded in your medical records.
By deciding now what you would like to happen regarding any future medical care and treatment, you and your family will have the peace of mind knowing your wishes are recorded
Living Wills are often created in conjunction with a Property and Financial Affairs Lasting Power of Attorney. This allows you to give people you trust the authority to manage your property and financial affairs on your behalf. In addition you should consider the benefits of a Health & Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney as this compliments a Living Will as it could cover making decisions about Care and even Meals on Wheels.
If you want to plan ahead or have recently been diagnosed with early stages of a degenerative or terminal illness, creating a Living Will can give you greater peace of mind that your wishes are absolutely clear.