If you are in a critical health condition where you are no longer in a state to make medical decisions on your own, you could use the option to appoint a medical power of attorney. This person is authorised to make medical decisions on your behalf should you be unable to make or communicate such decisions yourself.
A living will serves a similar function, by stating your wishes regarding medical treatment and intervention. The legal status of these will is unclear, but doctors and healthcare staff respect directions you may have made. There are many occasions when doctors are faced with the dilemma regarding the course of action to be taken when a person is critical. By receiving clear instructions through your living will they would be following your wishes accordingly.
These decisions are not to be taken lightly, so it is recommended to discuss this with your next of kin and medical staff. The instructions can be revoked at any time
The Natural Death Association and the Voluntary Euthanasia Society can provide information about living wills.
Who’s in charge when I die
Your next of kin and your executor(s) are in charge when you die. If you have no will or no close relatives there can sometimes be complications.
Should I make a will
By making a Will you will ensure that your assets, no matter how small, are distributed in line with your wishes.
Making a Will
A will sets out how your estate (your assets) should be distributed, and names an executor(s) to take care of this task. A will is only valid if your signature has been witnessed by 2 adults who are not beneficiaries of the will in anyway.