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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Pleasure to do business with McHale & Co. Everything is thoroughly explained, whatever questions we asked. Easy to make contact, we as a family have dealt with your company before and cannot fault any part of our dealing with yourselves.

Mrs L

Helen was excellent. Very clear in her explanations of options and implications of decisions made in our wills.

Mr & Mrs T

A big thank you to Grace Kennedy who went the extra mile and provided me with lots of information regarding making, signing and checking the process for me and after signing a list of use points and information. Excellent customer/client care.

Mr S

I feel that the people employed within this firm really listen and respond accordingly

Mrs S

Many thanks for your assistance with everything (Helen Green), you’ve made it all seem a lot more manageable at a difficult time.

Ms W

Helen, can I just thank you for the professional and thorough way in which you have dealt with this matter and your advice has been very welcome at times. Worth every penny for peace of mind.

Mr L

Extremely helpful and considerate. Very attentive . Nothing was too much trouble from the first phone call to receiving a hard copy of the will. Couldn’t have asked for more. I would not hesitate in recommending you to friends and family. A fantastic service all round. Thank you Michaela.

Mr M

I would like to thank you (Paul Fitton) for your most professional guidance and advice, I appreciate the effort and time you devoted to my issues on this subject.

Mr S

Mr Nattrass is always understanding and helpful and takes time to listen and explain. It is always a pleasure to deal with him. Also, your reception staff are lovely and welcoming.

Mrs J

The service we received from Helen Green was fantastic, nothing was too much trouble. We would recommend Helen without question.

Mr J

The service provided was excellent. Many thank to John Nattrass for all his input and execution of our wills.

Mrs H

I would like to commend Michaela for her warmth, compassion and professionalism. It was because of her superb persona that I am using McHale & Co. Thank you very much Michaela!

Miss J

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