What is a Living Will?

A Living Will, sets out instructions for what type of medical treatment, if any, you want administered in case you are unable to communicate your wishes at that time. Examples of instructions in a Living Will include whether you want to be put on a respirator or have a feeding tube, and whether you should be resuscitated if you stop breathing. It is not a document that distributes your assets after you die.

In Australia, the law varies in each State and Territory, and has a different name, and slightly different legal requirements so you are strongly advised to consult a qualified solicitor.

ACT Advanced Care Directive
NSW Enduring Guardianship
NT Advance Personal Plan
QLD Advanced Health Directive
SA Advanced Care Directive
TAS Enduring Guardianship
VIC Medical Enduring Power of Attorney
WA Enduring Power of Guardianship

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