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What is an Advanced Health Directive?

An Advanced Health Directive (AHD), commonly known as a “Living Will” is a legal document that allows you to make decisions about the medical treatment or health care decisions you would want in the event that you no longer have the capacity to make those decisions yourself.

Your AHD would only take effect in the instance that you required medical treatment and you were unable to make those decisions regarding the treatment at the particular time you required that treatment.

An AHD outranks an Enduring Power of Guardianship, meaning that your medical professional would be obliged to follow your instructions as per your AHD, as opposed to the decision of your enduring guardian.

An AHD is a direction as to your wishes, rather than an appointment of guardian to manage your affairs.

Preparing an AHD will give your loved ones the peace of mind that your wishes are set out, as opposed to them having to make difficult decisions relating to your medical treatment and health care decisions at an already difficult time.                                                                                                                             

We prepare your AHD collaboratively with your medical practitioner, so that you are properly informed as to the legal and medical implications of each of these decisions that you make.

Contact us to discuss whether an Advanced Health Directive is right for you.