Advance Health Care Directive

An Advance Health Care Directive ("Living Will") is a document that states your wishes or directions regarding your future health care for various medical conditions.  It comes into effect only if you are unable to make your own decisions.

You may wish your directive to apply at any time when you are unable to decide for yourself, or you may want it to apply only if you are terminally ill.

Anyone who is over the age of 18 and is capable of understanding the nature of their directions and foreseeing the effects of those directions can make an Advance Health Care Directive.

If you are considering making an Advance Health Care Directive, you should think clearly about what you medical treatment you want to receive if you become ill.  For example:

  • If treatment could prolong your life, what level of quality of life would be acceptable to you?

  • How important is it to you to be able to communicate with family and friends?

  • How will you know what technology is available for use in certain conditions?

It is strongly recommended that you discuss these matters with your doctor and your family before completing a directive.

The purpose of an Advance Heath Care Directive is to give you confidence that your wishes regarding your health care will be carried out if you cannot speak for yourself.  However, a request for euthanasia cannot be followed, as this would be against the law.

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We can discuss any queries you may have at an initial consultation.  This information is complex but by no means is it tailored to your circumstances.  Please contact us to make an appointment with one of our estate planning lawyers at our Parramatta office.