A Will is a legal document which sets out your wishes as to what is to happen regarding the distribution of your estate after your death.
A Living Will is a legal document which sets out your wishes as to the medical treatment you would wish to receive (and that which you would not wish to receive) should you not be able to communicate those wishes directly to your doctors/carers, before your death.
In many respects, a Living Will is similar to a Lasting Power of Attorney – Health & Welfare. It sets out clear directions about the application of specific medical treatment in certain circumstances and would usually be a refusal or rejection of such treatments. It can, if you wish, specify that you wish not to be resuscitated under certain circumstances.
A Living Will can be simpler than and more specific than an LPA, in that it normally deals only with the medical treatment you would want (or not want) when you are approaching death. The format of a Living Will is not prescribed and is shorter and simpler than an LPA. It is also less expensive to set up.
We highly recommend that you consider drawing up plans for your care and medical treatment for the latter stages of your life.