Lasting Powers of Attorney Health and Welfare are a much broader version of a living Will.

Advance Directives (Medical Directive) (often known as Living Wills in the UK) An alternative view, which we understand but have concerns that Health and Welfare Lasting Powers of Attorney cannot be registered quickly in an emergency. But this is their view:

Advance directives are a badly underused and most important facility, which can go part way towards offering what a Personal Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney will do, at far lower cost: indeed, we believe it is sensible to write both as it costs up to £82 to register EACH LPA, and registration may never be required if a Medical Directive (which does not require Registration) is in place. as most people concentrate on the least important aspect of them.  They can accomplish two things:

  • Putting someone you appoint in charge of your medical decision making if you are unconscious or otherwise rendered incapable.  Without the appointment of a Medical Proxy, no one has any rights – not your husband, wife, partner or children.  They may be consulted, but their opinions have no real weight. The British Medical Association has made it a disciplinary offence to disregard a properly appointed Medical Proxy.  So everyone over 18 should appoint one, and single people and unmarried couples should consider doing so vital.
  • Making your views on treatments known in advance – some people have very strong views, others do not, and the Advance Medical Directive / Living Will can be tailored to give Medical Proxies wide latitude or none.

Living Will or Advance Directive

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