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Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning
It is important that you have the necessary measures in place to ensure your wishes are met after you die so your assets reach the relevant parties. Our solicitors provide straightforward, practical legal advice on everything from wills and estate planning to inheritance tax (IHT).
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The term ‘advance decision’ is a living will that dictates the types of medical treatment you would refuse should you become unable to communicate a decision about your health and wellbeing in the future.
If you have strong feelings about a particular type of treatment, for instance, blood transfusions or amputation, an advance decision may be the best option for you. Similarly, individuals who have dementia or a terminal illness may want to specify what types of treatment they would not want to receive.
The legal agreement has the same effect as a refusal of treatment by a person who is of sound mind. This means that if the treatment is given, the medical professional in charge could face civil liability or prosecution.
When a person become unwell, the best treatment option is usually decided by the person themselves, as well as the medical professional involved. However, in some cases individuals are admitted to hospital while unconscious, or when they are unable to make their own decision about the treatment. For example, if you have a car accident, are suffering from Alzheimer's or have a stroke, meaning you lack the mental capacity to make or communicate a decision.
To make a living will, you must:
- Be over the age of 18 and have the mental capacity make a decision
- Specify which type of treatment would be refused
- Outline the circumstances in which the refusal would be made
- Agree that the decision would still stand even if your life was at risk
- Not change the decision once it has been agreed
- Provide the decision in writing and it must be signed in the presence of a witness
- Not be influenced or harassed by an external party when making a decision
An advance decision could also include:
- Treatment you would be happy to receive
- The treatment you would want to undergo
- Procedures that you would prefer not to receive
- Contact details for your preferred contact when a decision needs to be made
Why Choose JMW?
At JMW, you will become part of a loyal client base that values our caring approach and ability to simplify complex legal matters. While some law firms confuse their clients with technical legal jargon, we pride ourselves on supplying easy-to-understand advice in a friendly manner. Our solicitors regularly consult with accountants, investment managers, private banks and financial advisers to ensure we offer you the best possible legal guidance.
We have a large number of clients from a range of different backgrounds and regularly assist families, business owners, entrepreneurs, sports professionals, entertainers and medical professional.
As a firm, JMW’s expertise is frequently called upon by peers in the industry; we are often asked to give seminars on wills, trusts and estate planning, IHT and other related topics. Several of our lawyers are also members of the highly-respected Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).