Advanced decisions for medical treatment

Making an Advance Decision about medical treatment and ongoing care avoids any misunderstanding about what your wishes are should you no longer be able to communicate them. Smith Roddam Solicitors can help you plan ahead.

There may be a time when you can no longer share or communicate what you think. As difficult as that is to consider, having a pre-prepared Advance Decision will allow you to have input into the type of care and treatment you receive should anything happen to you. This can be a critical document as it allows you to have a say even when you lack the capacity to either consent or refuse medical treatment.

Have you considered what you would like to happen is you were in a coma? Would you like life-sustaining treatment? For how long? Do you consent to blood transfusions? These are all of the decisions you can make in advance and communicate early with you loved ones so there’s less stress in a time that would already be stressful enough.

Smith Roddam Solicitors will help you understand your legal rights and how best to plan for the unexpected by preparing a legally binding document known as an Advance Decision. An Advance Decision may also be referred to as an Advance Decision to Refuse Treatment (ADRT) or a Living Will. We’ll go through a number of scenarios with you and take into account any cultural or religious stipulations as well as other considerations, such as such as Lasting Power of Attorney arrangements if relevant. We’ll only ever use plain and simple English and you can have peace of mind in what you’ve planned for.

For expert advice on planning for all of life’s surprises, contact Smith Roddam Solicitors. Our team can be contacted on 01388 881 611.

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Chartered Legal Executive

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