An Advance Decision also know as an Advance Decision to Refuse Treatment (ADRT) or a Living Will is a way for you to inform your family, friends, carers and medical staff about your wishes. This includes the treatments you want to refuse, and the circumstances under which you want to refuse those treatments.
Choosing to refuse treatment in an Advance Decision is not the same as asking someone to help you die, assisted suicide or euthanasia, all of which are against the law in England.
No solicitors are required for this so there are no solicitors fees. You can make a legally binding Advance Decision for free.
Your Advance Decision needs to be written down, singed by you and signed by a witness. Simples.
You must be over 18 and have the capacity to understand and make an Advance Decision.
For more detailed information take a look at this article on the NHS website.
On their site the NHS recommend using the free Advance Decision form provided by the charity Compassion In Dying.
We used the link on the Compassion In Dying website which took us to the My Decisions website where we created a free account and quite easily completed the free online form.
After providing some basic information like; your NHS number, you name and address, and the name and address of your doctor, it leads you through a set of simple and easy to understand questions and scenarios. Once you’ve given your answers you save your Advance Decision form (which you can edit again later should you whish to) and print it off. It then needs to be signed by you and your witness.
It is recommended to give a copy of your signed Advance Decision form to your GP and ask them to add it to your medical record. You should also give copies to your family (and or friends) and anybody involved in your care.