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Advance Directives / Decisions, Powers of Attorney, Uncategorized

Sensitive subject this one.  Generally when people are concerned about their capacity they think about people having access to their bank accounts.  But who arranges their health and welfare?

There are a variety of options available to people.

Advanced Directives / Decisions are one of those options.  There is guidance on the directgov website about this.  There is a lot to consider before drafting such a document, so make sure you seek appropriate advice from a solicitor, or possibly your GP.

An alternative, and generally simpler method, is a Lasting Power of Attorney for Health & Welfare.  Almost exactly the same document as the Lasting Power of Attorney for Property and Financial Affairs (which almost everyone should have!!), it offers you options to include guidance to your Attorneys, and also a very simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ question: Do you want your Attorneys to have consent to refuse life-sustaining treatments?

This is a difficult subject to discuss with anyone, but if you have been thinking about this and want to know more then please get in touch.

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