By an Advance Directives (also known as a Living Will) it is possible to make a statement as to one’s future wishes and preferences in medical care, in the event of mental incapacity. By their nature these Directives, which are in the form of a statement, deal with “end of life” issues.
To some they are controversial, to others they embody the “right to choose”.
Great care must be taken in the drafting of Advance Directives as typically such a statement will specify if and when medical treatment is to be withheld, allowing a death to occur.
This is an area unfamiliar to many lawyers. However we have a particular interest in their development and in supporting clients and their families in ensuring that the terms of Advance Directives are given effect by the medical professions.