Making a Living Will allows you to clarify what medical treatment or care you would want to receive if you should lose mental capacity or become unable to communicate in the future, giving you true peace of mind.
The term “Living Will” actually refers to a legal document called an Advance Decision, Advance Directive or Advance Statement. The benefit of a Living Will is that it is legally binding and will ensure that your wishes are followed even if you become unable to express them in the future. This means you can be confident that your wishes will be respected, no matter what happens in the future.
Our South Wales Living Wills solicitors can give you expert advice on making the right Living Will for you. We can then professionally draft your Living Will before meeting with you to have it legally signed and witnessed. That way, you can be confident that all of the legal details are taken care of and that your Living Will should be respected if it is ever needed.
We have offices across Rhondda Cynon Taff at Talbot Green, Tonypandy, Tylorstown, Pontypridd, as well as a brand new office at Bridgend. We can also visit you in your home if required, making our Living Wills service highly accessible and convenient.
To speak to one of expert South Wales Living Wills lawyers today, please contact your local Devonalds office.
How we can help you make a Living Will
Our Living Wills solicitors can advise and support you with every part of creating a Living Will that meets your needs, including:
- Advising you on what provisions to include in a Living Will
- Drafting your Living Will
- Reviewing and amending an existing Living Will
- Ensuring your Living Will is respected if and when it is needed
- Revoking a Living Will if your circumstances change
If you would like to find out more about making a Living Will, please get in touch.
Common questions about Living Wills
Who can make a Living Will?
Anyone can make a living will if they are over the age of 18 and are judged to have sufficient mental capacity. However, they are most commonly used by older people and those facing a terminal illness who want to ensure their wishes will be respected if they lose the ability to make or communicate decisions about their care in future.
What can you put in a Living Will?
A Living Will allows you to specify your wishes regarding issues such as resuscitation, life support machines, blood transfusions and more. However, you are not able to use a Living Will to decline basic nursing care or ask for a specific treatment to be provided.
An important point to understand is that a Living Will does not allow you to name someone to make decisions for you, and if you want to do this you must make a Lasting Power of Attorney.
How much does a Living Will cost?
The cost of a Living Will depends on the complexity of the issues involved and how comprehensive you need the document to be. We are usually able to offer Living Wills for a fixed price or according to an agreed fee structure, so you should be clear from the outset how much a Living Will is going to cost you.
Please get in touch to find out more about our pricing.
What is the difference between a Living Will and Lasting Power of Attorney?
A Living Will sets out specific instructions for how you wish to be treated under specific circumstances if you lose the capacity to make decisions, while a Lasting Power of Attorney empowers someone else to make decisions for you if you lose capacity.
A Lasting Power of Attorney can be a good choice for people facing issues such as dementia, where there is a chance you will spend years living with a condition that could leave you unable to manage your own affairs. It can empower a trusted family member, friend or legal professional to make decides for you about your finances, healthcare and where you live, ensuring all of your needs are met long term.
A Lasting Power of Attorney therefore provides peace of mind for a much wider range of circumstances and covers a much broader range of issues than a Living Will. If you are unsure which is appropriate for your circumstances, please speak to one of our team to discuss your needs and we can advise you on the benefits and suitability of each option for you.
Why choose Devonalds Living Will solicitors?
At Devonalds we aim to make the process of creating a Living Will as simple and stress-free as possible. Our friendly and approachable team work with people throughout the Rhondda Cynon Taff area and across South Wales, providing a passionate local service backed by market-leading legal expertise and training.
We understand that the issues surrounding Living Wills are often complicated and sensitive, so we offer a compassionate, but practical approach. Our goal is to give you complete peace of mind that all conceivable situations are accounted for, so you know your wishes will be respected no matter what happens.
We are accredited by the Law Society for Wills & Inheritance Quality, reflecting the high standards of our legal practice in this area. We are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) providing assurance that we continually meet the most rigorous legal and professional standards.
Get in touch with our Living Will solicitors in Bridgend, Rhondda Cynon Taff and the surrounding area
Our South Wales lawyers can meet you to discuss creating a Living Will at any of offices across Rhondda Cynon Taff, in Talbot Green, Tylorstown, Tonypandy and Pontypridd or at our brand new office in Bridgend.
If you’re unable to attend our office, we can even come out to your home to ensure you are able to access the legal advice and support you need.
To make an appointment, call us now on 01443 755189 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.