Should there be a written statement prepared for the family in advance?


It is better to prepare a written directive. Having an agreed signed written statement, you can ensure your family member’s wishes are acted upon and all family members are clear on what to do in the event of a death, thus avoiding family disputes and confusion after death. This is not a legally binding document but expresses wishes of the person which others should try to adhere to or if they lack capacity provides agreement amongst the family and clear instructions of what to do.