At Glaisyers we understand that it is worrying to think you won’t be able to make decisions about your medical treatment in the future. Our understanding solicitors will discuss your worries and help you make an advance decision.
Your wishes about medial treatment if you become seriously ill are sometimes also called an ‘advance directive’ or a ‘living will’. Our Court of Protection specialists will help you to decide whether an advance decision is right for you.
You can’t use an advance decision to ask for certain types of treatment, it only allows you to refuse consent to treatment. If you want someone else to make decisions for you a Lasting Power of Attorney will be needed.
Problems can occur with advance decisions:
- if you have said or done something to contradict it
- if the document isn’t clear or doesn’t cover the type of decision that is needed
- if there are doubts about the validity of the advance decision
- if your doctor feels that new circumstances would have changed your decision
But, if the advance decision has been made properly it has to be followed by the medical staff and anyone else who makes decisions for you.
A Lasting Power of Attorney for health and welfare is a more flexible option and allows a person you trust to make decisions about your treatment. Your doctors have to give your attorney the same information they would tell you and can’t treat you if your attorney refuses consent. If the attorney and your doctor don’t agree that treatment is in your best interests the Court of Protection can be asked to make the decision.
Our approachable specialist solicitors will get to know you and your wishes so that we can take the stress out of making decisions about medical treatment in advance.