Advanced Care Directives

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An Advance Care Directive is referred to as a “living will” and formally outlines your preferences for your future care along with your beliefs, values, and goals. In an Advance Care Directive, you can formally appoint a substitute decision-maker to act on your behalf when you can no longer make decisions yourself. In a crisis your loved ones may find it difficult to decide what treatment is best for you. An Advanced Care Directive will help your family understand your wishes by setting out your specific directions which must be considered before any medical decisions are made.


At Burgess Thomson we can help you write an Advance Care Directive that outlines your wishes in relation to your medical welfare. This can include documenting the person you would like to be your substitute decision-maker, details of what is important to you, such as values and preferred outcomes, and the treatments and care you would like or refuse if you have a life-threatening illness or injury. An Advance Care Directive is an important part of your estate planning, as all health professionals and family members must follow a valid directive once it is made.

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