Advance decisions are sometimes called advance directives or living wills. They provide clear instructions to doctors about how you would like to be treated, but only if you become unable to decide for yourself due to mental incapacity or other serious illness. The difference between an advance decision and a Power of Attorney is that you decide in advance about types of treatment, rather than handing over power to someone else to decide on your behalf.

An advance decision is legally binding in England and Wales and can relate to all future treatment, not just that which may be immediately life-saving. Indeed, they can be drawn up while a person is in perfect health, but are most often drafted following diagnosis of an injury or illness. They sit with your medical records and are easily accessible for members of the medical profession.

 

Why advance decisions are useful

Advance decisions can be beneficial for many reasons. They:

  • Allow people to make their own decisions while still of sound mind
  • Guarantee that an individual’s religious or personal beliefs are respected
  • Provide peace of mind regarding future events

 

Our services

McHale & Co understands the importance of enabling people to make their own decisions concerning their future. We therefore provide a range of services to ensure our clients’ wishes are respected. These include:

  • Practical advice in this sensitive area
  • An advance decision personalised for your individual circumstances
  • Management of the process on your behalf from start to finish

 

On top of this, you also get to benefit from our wealth of experience in this particularly tricky aspect of UK law. 

Get in touch

If you would like to know more about how our tailored services can best suit your needs, do not hesitate to get in touch. Although based in Greater Manchester, we can provide high-quality legal assistance to those who need it around the UK. Call us today on 0161 928 3848, or fill in the online contact form.

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Very happy with McHale & Co dealing with my Mother’s Deed of Probate and sale of her house, very helpful during a difficult time.

Ms. C Jones

Outstanding service. A breath of fresh air!

Ms. M

I would like to thank McHale & Co Solicitors for their excellent work.
The support Helen provided me with was above and beyond, it was her professionalism and her personal and effective responses which made such a difficult time for me a lot more bearable.
I would have no hesitation in using McHale & Co again and will certainly recommend them to family, friends and colleagues.

Mrs B

On behalf of us both, I’d like to thank you Phillippa, for the support and guidance you have given us throughout this process, your service has been second to none.

Again, thank you so much.

Mr & Mrs M

I would like to thank Roberto for his help and support in dealing dealing with a recent case for my son. He was professional, caring and showed great sensitivity. He went above the cause of duty in his handling of the case. He made a very traumatic and stressful situation easy to bear. I will be eternally grateful to him. He is a great asset to McHale & Co. Once again Thank you.

Ms C

Paul Fitton,

Many thanks for your help.  Very best of advice at all times.

Thank you to all staff.

Mr S and Mrs K

I am very pleased with the help that I received. Thank you. Certainly would recommend.

Mrs G

I have dealt with Paul Fitton both by phone and email regarding advice about getting compensation from a world wide organisation. From the start Paul was professional, knowledgeable, friendly and gave very sound advice too. Plus I won the case. Thank you Paul, very much appreciated

Ms G

Excellent and professional service with clear explanations and guidance throughout. We can thoroughly recommend the firm and in particular Philippa Wright, Head of Wills and Probate.

Mr & Mrs N

A quick, efficient way to ensure your wishes are recorded for end of life. Good advice given and explained in a clear concise manner. Thank you.

Ms E

Michaela was exceptional in both advice and the completion of the will. Michaela was kind, considerate, professional and her manner and personality was one that inspired confidence from the very first meeting, going way above what I expected.

Mrs M

Wonderful service provided by Helen Green – very thorough knowledge. I am extremely satisfied as I was helped through a difficult time when I was uncertain how to go forward.

Mrs C

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