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Advance Directives in Scotland

This section explains what an Advance Directive is, what it can and cannot be used for, and how to make one. It’s for people living in Scotland.

What is an Advance Directive?

An Advance Directive allows you to record any medical treatments that you don’t want to be given in the future, in case you later lack capacity and cannot make or communicate a decision for yourself.

Advance Directive is the term widely used in Scotland. In other parts of the UK it is called an Advance Decision and it used to be known as a Living Will.

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More information

If you live in England or Wales, read our information about Advance Decisions. We also have information about planning ahead if you live in Northern Ireland.