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Most of us are familiar, at least in general terms, with the purpose and importance of both Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs). But there is often some confusion over what is meant by an Advance Decision, more commonly known as a “Living Will,” – specifically, how they differ from Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs).
What is an Advance Decision?
Providing you have mental capacity, you have the right to either refuse medical treatment altogether or to set out the specific circumstances in which you would not wish to undergo medical treatment, even if this will lead to your death.
These wishes can be discussed with your GP and recorded in your medical records. However, many people now choose to record their wishes in a formal document known as an Advance Decision. An Advance Decision has legally binding effect, meaning that medical professionals will follow your wishes.
For more information, please download our Living Wills Factsheet.
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