What is a Living Will
A Living Will (otherwise known as an Advance Decision) is a document which sets out the future medical wishes of an individual should they become terminally ill or require medical treatment at a time when they do not have the full mental capacity to make those relevant decisions.
The Term ‘Living Will’ may be used to refer to an advance statement as well as an Advance Decision. An advance statement is purely informative but should be fully respected by health care professional. It outlines the extent of medical intervention that the individual would like. It is not legally binding. On the other hand, an Advance Decision is legally binding and details of the individual’s right to refuse any form of treatment, from antibiotic medication to intravenous feeding and resuscitation.