Advance decisions, sometimes referred to as advance statements and living wills are things you can do to make sure others know which medical treatment(s) you would want to refuse or how you would like to be treated should a situation arise where you are not able to make this decision yourself.

An advance decision to refuse treatment enables you to explain any medical treatment(s) you would not want doctors to give you should you lack capacity and be unable to make the decision yourself.

Most advance decisions can be made verbally to your doctor. However, if you are making an advance decision to refuse lifesaving treatment then this must be in writing, signed and dated. It is often better to put any advance decision in writing just in case.

If a doctor is aware of an advance decision and it is valid and applicable then they are legally bound to follow it regardless of whether they think it is in your best interests. To make an advance decision you must be over the age of 18 and have mental capacity at the time of making the advance decision.

If you require advice and assistance in relation to a Lasting Power of Attorney or Advance Decision then please do not hesitate to contact us on 020 3735 1999/1998.