Who can witness an Advance Care Directive?

This must be someone who is independent of you.  They cannot be a beneficiary in your will, a Substitute Decision-Maker named in the document, or a paid professional carer.  The witness must be listed as an authorised witness such as a registered professional, public servant with more than five years’ service, lawyer, Justice of the [...]

By |2021-05-19T10:03:54+09:30May 19th, 2021||0 Comments

Who can be a Substitute Decision-Maker? 

Generally speaking anyone can be appointed as a Substitute Decision-Maker, but you need to be sure that they will have the mental strength to be able to carry through your wishes.  Those who CANNOT be appointed to the role include your doctor, nurse or paid professional carer.  Family members and friends who are paid Carers’ [...]

By |2021-05-19T10:05:15+09:30May 5th, 2021||0 Comments

Can a member of the family ignore an Advance Care Directive?

No.  An Advance Care Directive is a legally binding document.  If a family member is appointed as a Substitute Decision-Maker they must also follow the instructions in the Advance Care Directive.  The exceptions are that the Substitute Decision-Maker cannot: Make a decision which would be illegal, such as requesting voluntary euthanasia. Refuse food and water [...]

By |2021-05-19T10:04:50+09:30May 5th, 2021||0 Comments
Go to Top