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Specify Your Health Care Directives in a Living Will
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What is a UK Living Will?

A UK Living Will is an expression of your wishes for your care if you were ever unable to speak for yourself. Sometimes called your Advance Directives. Your Living Will would work alongside your Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Care decisions that can be created directly at the Gov.uk website.

How can I create a Living Will in the UK?

You can create a Living Will easily and conveniently using the service at LegalWills.co.uk. Just step through our series of eleven sections, and the service will ask you questions about treatment under different conditions. All sections explain in every day language the implications of the decision and provides more detail about the condition being presented. You do not need to have any legal training to write your Living Will using our service.

What do I do with the document to make it a legal Living Will?

Once you have answered all of the questions about your medical care, we create a document that can then be downloaded and printed. You would then sign this in the presence of two witnesses to make it a legal document. We offer help every step of the way through this process.

How is a Living Will used?

There are two important roles of the Living Will or Advance Directives. Your Living Will can express your wish to end intolerable suffering. The document can also articulate your support for experimental or risky treatment, so that the decision does not fall on your Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Care decisions.

In hospitals, staff are required to use everything available to them to keep you alive as long as possible, and within those powers there are regulations to be followed.

Hospital teams are required to preserve a your life without necessarily taking full account of the financial or emotional concerns of the patient and loved ones.

Is the Living Will form different to the LPA for Health and Care?

Your Living Will expresses the type of care you wish to receive under certain medical conditions. Your Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Care decisions allows you to name a person to speak on your behalf, but typically does give much guidance. The two documents work together.

Can I make a Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Care?

The only way to create this document is through the website at https://www.gov.uk/power-of-attorney/overview.

Anybody who sells you an LPA service may be repackaging this free government resource. The only way to make the document legal is to use the official government format, and to file this with the government for a free of £110. This fee cannot be avoided. You should not pay a company to create an LPA for you.

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MyLivingWill™- Further Questions

The cost for the MyLivingWill™ service is £9.95. With this payment, you can step through the interactive service and download your document as often as you wish for one year. At the end of that year, you can choose to maintain an account in case you wish to make changes in the future. If you choose not to do this, your printed Living Will would still last you for the rest of your life, and £9.95 is all you will ever pay.
In the UK, your Living Will and Advance Directives must be signed in the presence of two witnesses to become a legal document.

You must step through the service and then download and print your Living Will. You then gather together with your two witnesses and all three of you sign the document. More details about this process are available within the service itself.

We also maintain an online version of your document, but this is for your convenience only. It makes the process of updating your Living Will much easier. But the online version is not a legal document. You can still set up access to your online version for your Keyholders®. This would be useful if your printed, signed document cannot be found. Although your Keyholder® would not gain access to your legal, printed document, they would still be able to see the expression of your wishes for health care.
A Living Will is completely different to your Last Will and Testament. The Living Will is in effect whilst you are alive, but unable to communicate your own wishes. In particular, the Living Will allows you to express your wishes for treatment when you are in a coma, or when your death has become inevitable.
With the standard price of £9.95 you can update your document as often as you wish for one year. At the end of that year, you will be invited to maintain an account with us so that you can make updates in the future. If you choose to ignore that invitation, we do not automatically charge you, and you will lose the option to update your Living Will. However, you will always have your printed document that will last you for the rest of your life.

We offer account extension options of 1 year, 5 years, 10 years, 25 years and lifetime. Details of the membership packages available can be found on our Products & Prices page.
Using our service, you can update your Living Will or Advance Directives as many times as you wish all the time you have an active account with us. If you change your mind about a particular treatment, just login to your account, click to modify your Living Will, and make the change.
There are eleven sections in our service, and the document can be completed in as little as 15 minutes. It is a good idea to give some thought to your health care wishes before starting the service, although when you step through the sections, you will probably be asked questions you have not yet considered. Some questions may even benefit from consultation with family and loved-ones.

You do have up to one year to complete the document. So there is no pressure to answer everything in one session. If you get stuck, simply save your work and return at a later date using your unique User ID and password.
We do store your information in our database so that you do not have to complete the service in one sitting. However, it can only be accessed using your unique User ID and Password, or by your trusted Keyholders® if you have them granted access. The information is fully encrypted on our servers, so nothing is stored as plain text. We do not store your document in a retrievable format in our system.

There are two additional options that can trigger a temporary decryption of your information: if you choose to have your document printed and posted to you, or if you choose to have the document reviewed by one of our solicitors.

When information passes from your computer to ours, we use 256-bit SSL encryption. You can be assured that this is in place when a small padlock appears on most browsers. It means that even if somebody were to intercept any messages travelling between your computer and our database, the information would be unintelligible to them.

Information on our servers is protected by RSA encryption, the most sophisticated encryption algorithm available today. Nothing is stored as plain text and no information is tied to your profile.
We have been offering our service since 2001 and have never lost any data. There is a good reason for this. We perform daily backups on our servers, so even if there was a natural disaster, your data cannot be lost. In addition, we have best-in-class physical protection of our servers including full system redundancy, 24x7 monitoring, and uniformed guard service. All personnel access to our servers is protected with biometric hand scanners and individually key coded cabinets.
Many of our services have no dependency on your location. Including MyFuneral™, MyLifeLocker™, MyVault™ and MyMessages™. Anybody from anywhere in the world can use these services and get tremendous value from them.

In the UK, we have specific legal services for preparing your Last Will and Testament, Expat Will and Living Will. These comply with the laws of England and Wales. We do not currently support Scotland, Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland.
Throughout the eleven sections in the Living Will service there is help on every page. There is even help on specific data fields within the service.

If you have any questions about the service, or about LegalWills.co.uk in general, please contact us at support@legalwills.co.uk.

 

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