WHAT IS A LIVING WILL?

A "LIVING WILL" is a legal document addressed to your family and doctor in which you expressly refuse any medical treatment and attention in the form of being kept alive by artificial means when you are no longer competent to express a view.

If you make a living will, your family and friends could be saved from difficult decisions about what to do at a time when they are already stressed and emotional as a result of your condition. They will have clarity that a certain course was what you would have wanted.

Requirements for the drafting of a valid Living Will

  • You must be at least 16 years of age and "compos mentis"
  • The Living Will must be in writing and signed by you and two witnesses (witnesses must be at least 16 years of age and may not be a family member, a beneficiary in terms of your last will and testament or your doctor)
It is your responsibility to ensure that the existence of your Living Will is known to your family and to those who may be asked to comply with its provisions, and make sure to tell them where to find it.

Keep your signed Living Will at home in a safe place for easy access in an emergency. If you are planning any medical procedures, it is advisable that your signed Living Will is lodged with you doctor or hospital so that they are aware if the instructions in advance.

IMPORTANT: Living Will wording should NOT form part of your last Will and Testament, nor should the Living Will itself be attached thereto.

CONTACT CMV TRUST FOR THE DRAFTING OF YOUR FREE LIVING WILL ALONG WITH YOUR LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT.

CMV Group of Companies

Tel : 012 991 4400
Fax : 012 991 3001
Physical: 17 Midas Avenue, Olympus, Pretoria, 0081
E-mail: info@cmv.co.za

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