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Advance Decisions

Advance Decisions, also known as Advance Directives or Living Wills, let your medical professionals know the circumstances in which you would wish to refuse further medical treatment.

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Call: 07887 946557 to discuss making an Advance Decision or Living Will and your wider estate planning needs.

Advance Decisions

Advance Decisions, also known as Advance Directives or Living Wills, let your medical professionals know the circumstances in which you would wish to refuse further medical treatment.

Alex Truesdale Wills Limited: A professional Will writing and estate planning service based in Cobham, Surrey and serving clients throughout the Home Counties, Greater London, Walton-on-Thames, Ascot, West Sussex and nationwide. 

Call: 07887 946557 to discuss making an Advance Decision or Living Will and your wider estate planning needs.

Advance Decisions

If you wish to retain control of the treatment you are given when gravely ill, even if you are unconscious or otherwise unable to communicate your wishes, you may wish to make an Advance Decisions, often known as a Living Will. This gives you the ability to refuse certain types of medical treatment under certain circumstances and may spare your loved ones a difficult decision at a harrowing time.

When you become ill, you can normally discuss treatment options with your GP or consultant and then arrive at a joint decision about your future care. However, you may be admitted to hospital when unconscious, unable to communicate your wishes, or unable to make decisions over your treatment, either temporarily or permanently.

This may be due to:

  • Head injury, for example after a car accident or a fall;
  • A stroke; or
  • The onset of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease.

In these circumstances, you would lack “mental capacity” and your doctor would be obliged, both morally and legally under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 to act in your best interests. This might involve administering “life-sustaining treatment” which could include giving you artificial hydration and nutrition if you are unable to eat or drink by mouth. This may not accord with your wishes.

If you have made a valid Advance Decision refusing treatment, however, your medical team is bound to follow it whether or not they believe it to be in your best interests – even if your refusal is of life-sustaining treatment. Advance Decisions are governed by sections 24-26 of MCA2005 which specify:

  • The circumstances under which an Advance Decision may be made
  • The conditions for its validity
  • The consequences it has for the care you then receive

You do not have to make an Advance Decision and can instead leave any decisions to the medical professionals providing your care. They must decide what is in your best interests, taking into account any evidence of your previous wishes, values and beliefs, and consulting your family, friends and carers where appropriate.

However, if you would like to ensure that a particular form of treatment is not offered, and the circumstances in which this decision should apply, then an Advance Decision can give you control over your own destiny. An Advance Decision can also spare your loved ones the burden of making the most difficult of decisions in extremely upsetting circumstances.

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What an Advance Decision cannot do


Advance Decisions cannot be used to:  

ο Ask for anything illegal – e.g. euthanasia, or help to commit suicide

ο Demand care which the patient’s medical team considers inappropriate

ο Refuse the offer of food and drink by mouth

ο Refuse the use of measures solely designed to maintain comfort, such as pain relief, warmth or shelter, or

ο Refuse basic nursing care essential to keep the patient comfortable, such as washing, bathing and mouth care

Cancelling Advance Decisions

You may cancel an Advance Decision at any time, provided you retain the necessary mental capacity. We recommend that this is done in writing.

You should also review your Advance Decision on a regular basis to ensure that it takes into account the latest medical advances and your personal beliefs and preferences.

Keeping your Advance Decision current will allow those providing your treatment to be confident that they are indeed following your wishes, and so it is advisable to re-sign and re-date your Advance Decision regularly, to record any changes in writing, and to ensure that anyone with a copy of your Advance Decision has the latest version.

Preparation of Advance Decisions

 
We are able to advise upon and assist in the preparation of an Advance Decision. Whilst an Advance Decision does need to be executed correctly, it does not need to be registered with the OPG in order to be valid.

In certain situations, such as many of our clients experienced during the 2020 COVID-19 lockdown, it may be prudent to make an Advance Decision whilst waiting for an LPAHW to be registered at the OPG.

Alex Truesdale Wills Limited is currently offering complimentary Advance Decisions and GPAs to every client for whom we are preparing Lasting Powers of Attorney to ensure they are covered to the greatest extent possible during the COVID-extended OPG registration process. Please call 07887 946557 for further details.

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“I have known Alex Truesdale for over 6 years, during which time she prepared Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney for my sisters and assisted us in the administration of my sister Elizabeth’s estate after her death in 2018.  I testify to her attention to detail, her knowledge and experience in her work and the warmth of her communications whether by letter, by telephone or in person.  She responds to us quickly and we have full confidence in what she does on our behalf and on her advice on various aspects. She has a good network of people when particular advice is needed beyond her field of expertise or training.  She became a friend to us as a family.  I gladly recommend her services to others.”  
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“The support Alex gave me and my husband after our Wills and LPAs were finalised was second to none especially as he was diagnosed with a terminal illness a few months later. This ongoing support, advice and bringing in other specialists to assist was outstanding and I felt that we were in very good hands and would continue to be when the inevitable happened. After my husband died, the comfort of knowing all was in order with the Wills was a great relief and her help in the immediate aftermath was much appreciated. It wasn’t just the professionalism but the genuine concern for my situation and that of the family. Alex then continued to guide me through the process and through some pretty complicated issues relating to the estate administration. She always responded to my copious emails and phone calls with clarity, efficiency and care. The whole process was dealt with in a timely manner and to a very high standard and I felt that I was being looked after like one of her own family. I can’t recommend Alex highly enough - a very talented professional dedicated to her work with a heart of gold.”
JD, July 2020
“After many years putting off writing my Will I finally entrusted Alex Truesdale with the task of compiling it for me and my family. My main wish was to pass my estate on to my son, and have guardianship put in place, should the worst happen before he came of age. Alex guided us through the difficult and emotional process with the utmost professionalism and put us at ease from the outset. She was able to address all of the issues we put to her and brought up many we had not considered regarding our estate. “As we were about to travel abroad, we were also on a very tight schedule for the wills to be drawn up and signed. Alex went above and beyond to make sure everything was in place for us in the allotted time, even to the point of being personally on hand to instruct ourselves and our witnesses during the signing procedure. “In using Alex Truesdale Wills, we now feel totally secure if the worst should happen our affairs are in order. We will be continuing to draw on her knowledge as and when our wills need updating in the future and are delighted to recommend her first class service.”
BW, May 2018
“Alex arranged an appointment for my husband and I to update our Wills in view of a change in family circumstances.  She was organised, efficient and extremely sensitive to our needs. We discussed advance directives and lasting powers of attorney in-depth – things we had only considered in vague terms previously but realised how intelligent it was to sort them out early. “I cannot fault Alex’s professionalism and caring attitude, and will be recommending her service to my friends and colleagues.”
SM, September 2019
"Thank you again for helping me sort out all our Wills and the funeral plan for my godmother. I cannot believe how timely that was bearing in mind today’s situation. Only good news from her care home so far, but to know that resources are there to help the staff directly if the worst happens certainly gives me peace of mind."
SC , May 2020
"We would like to thank you for your professional help in getting us to a point of having signed Wills after many years of procrastination. Not only that your advice gave us the impetus to arrange a Civil Partnership and we now feel that we have got at least some of our affairs in order in these worrying times."
KB, September 2020
"Very clear explanation of what the options and implications were for us. It was also good to have someone focused on the end result we had to get to, as it's very easy on your own to leave to another day."
EM, September 2018

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