Advance Healthcare Directives/Living Wills

Creating a Living Will.

An Advance Healthcare Directive – also known as a Living Will - is a legally-binding document that outlines what healthcare treatment you do or do not want, in the event that you are seriously ill or injured and cannot make decisions or communicate.

It applies to medical, surgical and dental treatment, including offering, withholding or discontinuing life-prolonging measures.

It gives your loved ones certainty about your wishes because you have already made those difficult decisions for them, which can be especially important for end-of-life care.

An Advance Healthcare Directive:

  • Can only be created by someone over the age of 18 who has the mental capacity to understand its implications

  • Can only be applied to your care when you become unable to make your own decisions or dictate your healthcare wishes. Doctors will decide if it is valid for your situation at that time

  • Can specify what you want to happen in certain medical scenarios, such as incurable terminal illness, severe brain injury or illness or injury which you cannot recover from

Why Betar Lawyers?

Creating an Advance Healthcare Directive can be a very sensitive, personal and emotional matter.

Betar Lawyers has supported many people in the creation of a directive, with respect, compassion and dignity.

We will ensure your directive fully outlines all your wishes in different medical scenarios, liaising with your trusted medical advisors if you wish, and that you and your family clearly understand what will happen.

Changing your directive

An Advance Healthcare Directive can be revoked or changed at any time, but only if you are still legally able to make medical decisions.

If you are worried about diminishing mental health, it is best to create or change your Advance Healthcare Directive whilst you still have mental capacity, to avoid the possibility of your directive being challenged in future.

Advance Healthcare Directive/Living Will fees

We will give you a detailed fee estimate upfront, with full disclosure of all the associated costs and expenses, so you know what you are paying in advance for your Advance Healthcare Directive.

All our work is backed by our Value Guarantee, our promise of exceptional service.


Arrange your Advance Healthcare Directive with Betar Lawyers

Contact us to discuss arranging your directive or Living Will on +61 (0)2 9279 1100 or book a consultation below.