What is a Living Will?

A Living Will, or Advance Medical Directive, is a document that enables you to specify treatment that you wish to accept or refuse should you be in the unfortunate position of not being able to do so yourself.  This is not a legal document but it is generally recognised by the British Medical Association (BMA).  Other information can be recorded such as a health care proxy, who should look after your children or pets, and any other information that you feel is pertinent.  It often accompanies a Lasting Power of Attorney giving guidance to the Attorney(s) that you have appointed to look after your health and welfare.

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