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Advance Decisions (Living Wills) from AM Davies, in partnership with Truth Legal

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An Advance Decision is a way of refusing certain kinds of medical treatment if they become necessary in future. As a patient, you will always have the right to refuse medical treatment if you choose, but if you are unable to make your wishes known at the time, things can get a lot more uncertain. An Advance Decision can overcome these problems and make the situation much clearer.

Advance Decisions are sometimes also called ‘living wills’ as they set out what you would like to happen in the future. However, unlike wills, Advance Decisions only relate to specific medical situations.

 

Making an Advance Decision through A M Davies Solicitors

Advance Decisions are very personal matters. Not only do they have to be well drafted and compliant to have the full legal effect you intend, they also need to be handled with sensitivity, and with an understanding of your individual situation. A M Davies Solicitors is ideally placed to provide this personalised service, with the full backing of our legal expertise.

If you would like to chat with us about making an Advance Decision, please contact Jeremy at A M Davies Solicitors.

 

Why might you make an Advance Decision?

You could make an Advance Decision when you feel strongly that certain kinds of medical treatment do not fit in with your beliefs or ethics. Alternatively, you might not like the thought of undergoing certain treatments. Provided it is valid, an Advance Decision will be legally binding on the medical professionals who are treating you.

An Advance Decision can also offer comfort and certainty to your friends and family. It means they will know your wishes regarding the treatment in question, and also removes the burden from your loved ones of having to make a choice for you.

Examples of treatment you might refuse include:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Blood transfusions
  • Organ transplants
  • Clinically assisted nutrition
  • Life-sustaining treatment

Why choose A M Davies Solicitors?

Based in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, A M Davies Solicitors is a husband and wife team of two highly experienced lawyers: Angela Davies and Jeremy Clough. We are dedicated to helping people, and this means holding our clients’ interests as our top priority. We don’t have billing targets to meet – we have clients to serve.

Jeremy takes care of all our private client cases, encompassing Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Probate and Estate Administration, and ‘Living Wills’. His friendly, open style means that all the work he does is handled with personality and sensitivity, as well as technical expertise. Jeremy qualified as a chartered legal executive in 1991 and is a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) – a professional body which provides training and guarantees standards. He is also a full member of Solicitors for the Elderly.

Trusting someone with your important legal matters can feel like a big step. At A M Davies Solicitors, we believe our clients deserve to have their trust repaid. By placing your faith in us, you can be sure of:

  • No hidden fees or charges
  • Clear, expert, jargon-free advice
  • Specialist skill and understanding
  • Appointments convenient to you – at your home, place of work or elsewhere
  • No delegation to junior lawyers – your case will be handled by Jeremy (and only by Jeremy!)

If you would like to talk to us about using our services, or you have any queries, contact Jeremy today.