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An Advance Decision, (also known as an advance decision to refuse treatment, an ADRT, or a living will) is a signed document stating your preferences, wishes, values, and beliefs with respect to your future health care.

Is making an Advance Decision necessary?

An Advance Decision is particularly useful for:

  • Individuals suffering from chronic illnesses
  • Individuals who have been diagnosed with a terminal or life-threatening illness
  • Individuals who are of an old age
  • Individuals who are preparing for a potentially dangerous event (such as a marathon or skydiving)

The Advance Decision comes into play in the future in case you lose the ability to make an informed decision regarding your life due to any illness or injury.

Is Advance Decision legally enforceable?

An Advance Decision signed by you is legally binding if you have followed the proper procedure laid down by law and can be enforced by a court if necessary.

Can an Advance Decision become invalid?

It can become invalid if the signatory withdraws it while possessing mental capacity. Moreover, after making an advance decision, if such end life decision is expressly given to another person through power of attorney, it will render the Advance Decision invalid.

Can a family member or personal physician override an Advance Decision?

No one can override a properly executed Advance Decision unless such advance decision expressly provides such authority.

Can an Advance Decision be revoked?

Yes, an Advance Decision can be revoked by the person who prepared it at any point in life having the mental capacity.