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Living Wills A Further Instalment

In Issue 2 of ECA (January February), Michele Todd set out the story so far concerning Living Wills (or advance directives as they are also known). Now Julia Abrey a Partner at Withers, provides a further update on this increasingly common and important area.

1 May 1996

Living Wills - A Further Instalment

In Issue 2 of ECA (January/February), Michele Todd set out the story so far concerning Living Wills (or advance directives as they are also known). Now Julia Abrey a Partner at Withers, provides a further update on this increasingly common and important area.

At the time of Michele Todd's article the Law Commission's Report No 231 on Mental Incapacity, the result of an extensive and detailed five year study by the Commission into the subject, had been published for nine months during which period it had been the subject of much debate in both the medical and legal worlds. The issue of the Report followed references to advance directives in previous Law Commission reports (principally Report No 129 in 1993), the Report of the House of Lords Select Committee on Medical Ethics published in January 1994 and the Government's response to the Select Committee's report published later in the same year. Both the Select Committee and...

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