Planning for a peaceful end

Posted on December 11th, 2015

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by Felicity Wardhaugh

Felicity Wardhaugh is a Special Counsel at Mullane & Lindsay in Newcastle and specialises in commercial dispute resolution & litigation, and employment law.

If you have been watching television or reading the newspapers lately you may have heard discussions about the fear of a prolonged but meaningless life.  Your family members might have echoed this sentiment: “switch me off if I am just a vegetable, I don’t want to linger on for the sake of it”.   How, though, does this happen legally? You cannot make your wishes known if you have already fallen into a vegetative state.

Planning for the future is the best way to deal with the possibility.  A legal document in which you appoint a family member as your guardian to speak on your behalf coupled with a direction to the guardian of the things which matter most to you will make sure your wishes are known.  Doctors will then understand what sort of person you are and will be able to act on decisions made for you by a guardian who understands your wishes. There are a number of resources to use to help you think about these issues and as part of the process of appointing a guardian we can help you locate and use these resources.

If you think you would like some help making these arrangements speak to us at Mullane & Lindsay.

Felicity Wardhaugh is a Special Counsel at Mullane & Lindsay, and practises extensively in  Commercial and other Litigation and Employment Law. If you require any assistance in these areas please contact Felicity Wardhaugh or contact our Newcastle office.

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