Living Wills

Take control of your future and ensure your wishes regarding medical treatment are carried out with a living will. Our team of dedicated living wills solicitors are here to help and guide you through the entire process.

What is a living will?

A living will, which is sometimes known as an ‘advance decision’ or ‘advance directive’, is a legal document that outlines your wishes for refusing medical treatment should you become terminally ill or lose the ability to make decisions for yourself.

In the document, you can outline situations where you do not want to receive a specified list of medical treatments and procedures, so you will need to think carefully about what to include in your living will.

It is also worth noting that a Health and Care Decision LPA can cancel out a Living Will if not drafted correctly and vice versa, so it is very important to take professional advice from a solicitor to ensure that both documents will work in the way that you want them to.

If you have any questions regarding living wills, please don’t hesitate to contact our experienced solicitors today on 0800 2800 421. We will help you draft a living will that covers all eventualities.

What can be included in a living will?

When you create a living will, you are making an advanced decision on what medical treatment you will receive in certain situations, such as:

  • The use of a life support machine to help you breathe
  • Resuscitation
  • Artificial feeding
  • Antibiotics or antiviral medication
  • Dialysis

Before making a living will, it is advisable to seek professional medical advice from your doctor to help you fully understand what the consequences are of refusing certain medical treatments. It is also important to give them a copy of your living will once it has been created so they can add it to your medical records.

Your dedicated living wills solicitors

As refusing potentially life-sustaining medical treatment is such a serious decision, it is important that the document detailing your wishes is drafted by a professional and experienced solicitor to ensure no mistakes are made. As dedicated living wills solicitors, our team understand the intricacies of medical care so are able to give you professional guidance that is tailored to your specific circumstances, helping you make informed, unpressured decisions.

With many years’ experience of drafting living wills for a variety of clients and a solid understanding of medical procedures and vocabulary, our solicitors can be trusted to deliver a legally binding document for you that clearly outlines your wishes for your future medical treatment so there is no confusion or mistakes. Once your living will has been made, we are here for you whenever you would like to review or change the details.

Trethowans is among the South’s leading law firms, with offices in Bournemouth, Poole, Southampton, Salisbury and Winchester. If you’d like to learn more or are ready to make a living will, please contact us today on 0800 2800 421 to get started.

Meet the team

Mihiri Gajraj


Richard Dollimore


Adam Scott


Gary Pick


Claire Radigois

Senior Associate

Jenny Shucksmith

Chartered Legal Executive

Paula Arnold

Associate (Trust and Tax Practitioner)