New information

There is an updated version of this page. You will still be able to go back to the current page.

Do I need an Advance Decision if I already have a Living Will?

A Living Will is the old name for an Advance Decision. If you made a Living Will before October 2007 (when the Mental Capacity Act came into force and made Advance Decisions legally binding) then it may not meet the criteria that an Advance Decision needs to meet.

If your Living Will isn’t valid then it won’t be legally binding. This means that a healthcare professional won’t have to follow it. If your Living Will isn’t legally binding then you should make a new Advance Decision.

You can make an Advance Decision using the free template forms provided by Compassion in Dying or make one online using the My Decisions website.