General written statements
Advance statements aren’t legally binding, but health professionals do have to take them into account when deciding on a course of action. Family and friends can also use them as evidence of your wishes.
A general written statement (sometimes called an ‘advance statement’) can set out which treatments.
You could also make your views known verbally, for example, when discussing treatment with a health care professional, but having it written down may make things clearer for everyone.
What a statement might include
Your statement could include:
- treatment you would be happy to have, and in what circumstances.
- treatment you would want, no matter how ill you are.
- treatment you would prefer not to have, and in what circumstances.
someone you would like to be
- consulted about your treatment at the time a decision needs to be made.
It can also include a specific refusal of treatment, which has a different legal status.
If writing an advance statement, bear in mind that new drugs or treatments may be introduced in the future. So you could, for example, state that you would prefer not to receive certain current treatments but would allow for new treatments.
Living wills and mental capacity
You can still make a living will if you’re diagnosed with a mental illness, as long as you can show that you understand the implications of what you’re doing. You need to be competent to make the decision in question, not necessarily to make other decisions.
It’s best to put your wishes in writing and explain:
- why you’ve made your decision about how you do or don’t want to be treated.
- what you understand about the treatment you’re agreeing to or refusing.
- why you’re making these decisions now.
- Advance decision Click here for information about Alzheimer’s Society
Who needs to know about a living will?
Changing a living will and further advice
You can change or cancel it if you are able to think rationally and clearly explain what you want to happen. Ideally, put things in writing and destroy old versions
We strongly feel that most people should consider making a Living Will and as a special offer we will provide you with a Living Will for just £120 if it is made at the same time as an individual Will or Mirror Will.
If taken out separately, the price of the Living Will is £180. For more information please contact Wincham Executor & Trustee Company Limited