Living Will in Asturias

Living Will in Asturias

You will have the opportunity to express in advance the health care and treatments that you want to receive when you can no longer make decisions for any reason.

If you live in the Principado de Asturias you can already take early measures and leave your last wishes ready in life if later on you cannot express yourself as a consequence of your physical or mental deterioration. Those wishes will be what your doctors consider.

Living Will in Asturias

You will have the opportunity to express in advance the health care and treatments that you want to receive when you can no longer make decisions for any reason.

If you live in the Principado de Asturias you can already take early measures and leave your last wishes ready in life if later on you cannot express yourself as a consequence of your physical or mental deterioration. Those wishes will be what your doctors consider.

What does the Living Will consist of?

We put at your disposal a very simple form to leave your instructions on the care or treatments you want or do not receive and to appoint the representatives to act as interlocutors before the responsible medical team. This document can be made by a person of legal age, capable and free, and with the same freedom and requirements, its content can be revoked or modified. Keep in mind that if the patient cannot and there is no advance directive document, the relatives will intervene.

You will have a complete and exhaustive advice whenever you need it, since we solve all the possible doubts that may arise before creating your living will and while you fill it out.

We take care of registering the document in the register of advance directives of the Principado de Asturias, and we will even electronically send a copy of them to the registry if this mechanism is enabled.

Our living will processing service includes additional guarantees from blockchain technology.

The living will in Asturias is called a prior instructions document

The living will in Asturias is a document by which a person expresses his will in advance about the care and treatment of his health with the sole objective that it be fulfilled at the time that specific situations occur in whose circumstances you are not able to express it personally and can no longer make decisions.

In Asturias, the living will can be done by any person over 18 years old, capable and free. And it is that this document allows citizens to express in advance the health care and treatments they want to receive when they can no longer make decisions. In the case of minors, that responsibility falls on the father, mother or legal guardian. In addition, the citizen may express his will about the donation of his organs and tissues and the transfer of his body to teaching or research upon death.

This document can be created by completing an available template, in paper or digital format. According to the regulations, there are 3 ways to process the living will in Asturias: before a notary, before three witnesses or before the Administration. This process is called bestowal. In the Administration modality, the procedure is carried out personally before the official in charge of the Registry.

At the time of processing the living will or the document of previous instructions there is the possibility of the appointment of a representative who will be the interlocutor before the doctor or the health team and will ensure compliance with the previous instructions . The declaration contained in the document shall prevail over the opinion and indications that may be made by family members, relatives and professionals who participate in their health care, as long as it does not contravene the current legal order and lex artis at that moment. In the event that there are several prior instructions documents from the same grantor in the Registry, the content of the last document granted will be taken into account.

In order to process the living will in Asturias it is necessary to provide the following documentation:

  • Authenticated photocopy of the identity card or passport of the grantor.
  • Original of the advance directive document if it was formalized directly with the Administration.
  • If the document has been formalized before a notary: authorized copy of it.
  • If the document has been formalized before witnesses: the original of the document and certified photocopies of the national identity document, or the passport of the witnesses.
  • The request may also be presented through a representative, and in this case, your representation must be accredited by any valid means in Law that leaves a reliable record.

In Asturias, more information can be obtained from the Ministry of Health, the User Care and Social Work Services of the hospital network, and the Primary Care Health Centers. However, the living will or document of prior instructions must be presented at the Headquarters of the Registry of Previous Instructions, located in the Inspection Service of Services and Health Centers, Calatrava Building, on Calle Ciriaco Miguel Vigil , nº9, in Oviedo. For the granting or formalization of the document of previous instructions before the official in charge of the Registry it is necessary to request an appointment.

The Principado de Asturias has prepared a informative brochure explaining how to request and process the living will in Asturias. You can also get more information at Health Portal of the Principado de Asturias.

You can also process the living will or previous instructions document through the Internet, through the service that My Digital Legacy makes available to all citizens of Asturias, also extensible throughout the Spanish territory. We take care of everything. In the following link you can obtain more information about the living will in Spain.

What regulations exist to regulate the Living Will in Asturias?

In the Principado de Asturias, the living will, after regulation at the national level in 2002, is managed and processed based on a Decree published by the Principado de Asturias in 2008.

Decree 4/2008, of January 23, on the Organization and Functioning of the Registry of the Principado de Asturias of Prior Instructions in the health field.

Resolution of April 29, 2008, of the Ministry of Health and Sanitary Services, of development and execution of Decree 4/2008, of January 23, on the Organization and Functioning of the Registry of the Principado de Asturias of Prior Instructions in the healthcare environment.

Some information about the Living Will in Asturias

Living Wills Made

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Asturias citizens who have made a living will

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They are made by women

*Datos extraídos del Registro Nacional de Instrucciones Previas en Julio de 2019

Process now your Living Will

With witnesses

Choose up to 3 different people who will act as witnesses when processing your living will.

By notary

With your living will already prepared, we make an appointment with your trusted notary or one of your area.

Do you have any questions about the Living Will in Asturias?

If you have any doubt, query or question about any technical and / or legal aspect of the living will in Asturias or about how the living will is administered and managed through My Digital Legacy, fill in this form with your data and your ask and we will answer you as soon as possible.




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