Respecting your wishes with a living will.
Have more control over your future with a living will that gives you the power to make decisions about future medical treatment, at a time when you may be physically or mentally incapacitated.
I’m worried I won’t have a say.
We’ll make sure your voice is heard.
With a living will (also known as an advance directive or advance decision), you’ll have the choice to refuse medical treatment in certain circumstances if you wish. We can also help you make a Health & Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney alongside your living will - giving an attorney of your choosing the ability to make medical decisions for you.
Standing up for you at every stage.
Living wills (also known as advance directives or advance decisions) are legal documents that enable you to make decisions in advance about medical treatment. It is a statement that allows you to refuse medical treatment in certain circumstances and it is made at a time that you have the mental and physical capacity to do so.
You may also wish to consider making a Health & Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney to sit along side your living will. You can appoint an attorney to make medical decisions for you if you become incapable of making your own.
We have a dedicated Team of lawyers who specialise in wills and probate and other end of life matters. Many of our lawyers are members of STEP (the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) and have many years' experience of dealing with clients who need advice on preparing for the future and making such personal and emotional decisions.
We pride ourselves on offering a personal service, where we listen to your needs and wishes so that we can ensure that the advice we give is bespoke, always aiming to uncomplicate the legal process involved as much as possible and ensure that you understand at all times the work we are undertaking on your behalf.
Our specialist team have many years’ experience in wills, probate and end-of-life matters – many of our lawyers are also members of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). Just as importantly, we’re here to listen to your needs and wishes, so we can provide the advice that’s most relevant to your personal circumstances.
We’ll advise you on:
Probate – what it is and how long it can take
Power of Attorney – applications and costs
The Office of the Public Guardian
Court of Protection
International probate law
Grant of probate
Executor of will
Working With Our Service Team
We understand that planning for the future and protecting your loved ones, is one of the most important things we will prepare for. Our trusted and compassionate team are able to advise and put into place all of the foundations for you and your family, keeping you updated at all times.
- Kim Carr
If you have an enquiry in relation to Wills, Trusts and Probate or simply want to speak to a member of our expert team, please get in touch.
A Living Will is a legal document which outlines a person’s wishes regarding advanced medical decisions such as treatments they wish to refuse should they lose capacity.
Living Wills can only be used to decide advanced medical decisions. A Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney is put in place so that an appointed attorney can make decisions on your behalf for all personal health and welfare, decisions.
If you do not have a Living Will in place, then there will be no record of your wishes regarding refusal of certain treatments in certain circumstances. If there is a dispute between your family and the doctors involved in your treatment, then an application will be made to the Court of Protection to make a decision in your best interests. If you do not have a Living Will but you do have a Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney, then provided you have given your appointed Attorney’s the powers, they can make these decisions for you.
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We were really pleased with Mr Fuller who dealt with our wills and Power of Attorney. He explained everything to us clearly and in detail, and was very helpful. He answered our questions and helped us to understand the full implications of both. We are very satisfied with the results from our meeting with Mr Fuller.
The thought of making a will filled me with apprehension but after our first meeting with Christina Polychronakis all fears were dispelled. Christina was excellent. She explained everything very clearly. The process was done exactly as we wanted. I would defiantly recommend Christina and FBC Manby Bowdler.
Excellent service. From the initial contact it was a pleasure to have Victoria dealing with this. Her patience and understanding installed a confidence in me that the right person was dealing with this matter. I would be very happy for Victoria to deal with any future requirements I may have.
Michelle Monnes-Thomas was an excellent ambassador for your company. She was very helpful in preparing my father’s new will, providing advice where requested and keeping us involved at all stages of the process.