A recent case in Warwickshire has highlighted the importance of getting your affairs in order so that should that you lose the capacity to make decisions, you can be confident that your wishes will be honoured.
Mrs Grant, an 81 year old woman, had made a living will stating that in specified circumstances she did not want to be artificially fed or receive life sustaining treatment. Unfortunately, the document was lost in amongst her medical notes. Mrs Grant suffered a catastrophic stroke and was kept alive in circumstances that her family believed she would not want to receive treatment. The situation was extremely distressing for her family who were eventually awarded £45,000 in an out of court settlement.
There are a number legally binding documents which will ensure that your wishes are followed. You can also nominate someone to make decisions on your behalf, not just about your health and welfare but also your property and finances. It is essential that these documents are correctly drafted and proper advice is given regarding the practical steps to take in order to ensure anyone who might be involved is aware of what you want.
If you would like to make sure you have everything covered, or just want to discuss your options, contact us today – we have extensive experience in this area.
Author: Katy Burgin