A living will, also known as an advance directive, is a legal document that states your wishes in future life and death situations. This is also known as a "DNR" (Do Not Resuscitate). It would only be put into effect if you were physically unable to express your wishes or if you weren’t of sound mind. For example, being unconscious or having dementia.
Before your living will can be used, two independent doctors must be in agreement as to your condition and your inability to effectively communicate your wishes.
Despite their similar names, a will and a living will have two very distinct and different purposes. A standard will is a legal document that allows you to express your wishes on who inherits your estate when you pass away.
If you are looking to state your wishes for matters regarding your estate please refer to our section on wills.
A living will can help your loved ones to know and respect your wishes and avoid added pressure at a difficult time. It may be that in the past, you have had to make the decisions on behalf of someone else and know how tough it can be.
By creating a living will, you are able to express your medical decisions, but by appointing a health and welfare lasting power of attorney (LPA) you have someone you trust who is able to act on your behalf should you lose the mental capacity to do so.
Creating your living will is simple with Key; usually, it only takes one telephone consultation.