Respecting your wishes with a living will.
Have more control over your future with living wills. But what is a living will? A living will gives you the power to make decisions about future medical treatment, at a time when you may be physically or mentally incapacitated.
I’m worried I won’t have a say.
We’ll make sure your voice is heard.
With a living will (also known as an advance directive or advance decision), you’ll have the choice to refuse medical treatment in certain circumstances if you wish. As specialist Lasting Power of Attorney solicitors we also help you make a medical power of attorney alongside your living will - giving an attorney of your choosing the ability to make medical decisions for you.
Standing up for you at every stage.
We have a dedicated Team of lawyers who specialise in wills and probate and other end of life matters. Many of our lawyers are members of STEP (the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) and have many years' experience of dealing with clients who need advice on preparing for the future and making such personal and emotional decisions.
We pride ourselves on offering a personal service, where we listen to your needs and wishes so that we can ensure that the advice we give is bespoke, always aiming to uncomplicate the legal process involved as much as possible and ensure that you understand at all times the work we are undertaking on your behalf.
You may also wish to consider making a Health & Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney to sit along side your living will. You can appoint an attorney to make medical decisions for you if you become incapable of making your own.
We’ll advise you on:
Probate – what it is and how long it can take
Power of Attorney - applications and costs
The Office of the Public Guardian
Court of Protection
International probate law
Grant of probate
Executor of will
Working With Our Service Team
We understand that planning for the future and protecting your loved ones, is one of the most important things we will prepare for. Our trusted and compassionate team are able to advise and put into place all of the foundations for you and your family, keeping you updated at all times.
- Kim Carr
If you have an enquiry in relation to Wills, Trusts and Probate or simply want to speak to a member of our expert team, please get in touch.
Living wills (also known as advance directives or advance decisions) are legal documents that enable you to make decisions in advance about medical treatment. It is a statement that allows you to refuse medical treatment in certain circumstances and it is made at a time that you have the mental and physical capacity to do so.
Living Wills can only be used to decide advanced medical decisions. A Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney is put in place so that an appointed attorney can make decisions on your behalf for all personal health and welfare decisions.
If you do not have a Living Will in place, then there will be no record of your wishes regarding refusal of certain treatments in certain circumstances. If there is a dispute between your family and the doctors involved in your treatment, then an application will be made to the Court of Protection to make a decision in your best interests.
If you do not have a Living Will but you do have a Health and Welfare Lasting Powers of Attorney, then provided you have given your appointed Attorney’s the powers, they can make these decisions for you.
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The thought of making a will filled me with apprehension but after our first meeting with Christina Polychronakis all fears were dispelled. Christina was excellent. She explained everything very clearly. The process was done exactly as we wanted. I would defiantly recommend Christina and FBC Manby Bowdler.
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We were delighted with the service we received from Victoria - from the initial consultation where she explained everything with great clarity and patience through to the application for Probate. This came back in record time which was a great help to us. In these days of Apps and remote contact it was so refreshing to be able to deal face to face with Victoria at such a difficult time.
Graham provided an efficient, user friendly and professional service throughout the process. At our first meeting Graham fully discussed all my requirements for a new will and gave sensible suggestions and gave sound advice. He then clearly set out the process, timeline & costs. The draft will was produced quickly as promised and my queries were sorted quickly. The final will was produced as per the time frame advised. No fuss, very impressed and wouldn't hesitate to recommend.
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