Living Will in Canarias

Living Will in Canarias

You will have the opportunity to leave instructions that you want to be fulfilled by the health personnel when you can no longer express your consent about the medical acts that must be practiced on you.

If you live in the Canarias Islands you can already prepare the anticipated manifestations of will that you consider appropriate in life if in the future you cannot express your own will as a consequence of your healthy deterioration, be it physical or mental. These manifestations will be taken into account by your doctors.

Living Will in Canarias

You will have the opportunity to leave instructions that you want to be fulfilled by the health personnel when you can no longer express your consent about the medical acts that must be practiced on you.

If you live in the Canarias Islands you can already prepare the anticipated manifestations of will that you consider appropriate in life if in the future you cannot express your own will as a consequence of your healthy deterioration, be it physical or mental. These manifestations will be taken into account by your doctors.

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 Comunidad Autónoma of Canarias, 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 the Canarias Islands is called early manifestations of will

The living will in the Canarias Islands is a document that contains the instructions that a person wants to be fulfilled by the medical personnel in charge of their care when they can no longer express their consent to the medical acts that must be performed.

In the Canarias Islands the living will can be made by anyone of legal age and with the capacity to act. However, unlike other autonomous communities, minors, although emancipated, cannot create or process a living will. In these cases, the father, mother or legal guardian will have the authority and responsibility to make the necessary decision when the time comes.

This document can be created by completing an available template, in paper or digital format. As indicated by the regulations, there are 3 ways to process the living will in the Canarias Islands and thus express the advance directives: before a notary, before three witnesses or before the official in charge of the Register of Anticipated Willful Demonstrations.

When processing the living will or the advance directives of will there is the possibility of appointing one or more representatives who will act as interlocutors of the instructions and values expressed before the doctor or the health team. The representative must know what was the intention of the grantor when making the living will and will be responsible for the knowledge of the medical team and will advise them on any doubts that may arise in the application of the grantor’s advance declaration of will.

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

  • Enrollment request signed by the grantor or representative.
  • Certified copies of the DNIs or passports of the witnesses (if applicable) and, where appropriate, of the representative.
  • Original signed of the advance directive document.
  • Acceptance of the representative, if there is one designated.
  • Responsible declaration of the grantor confirming the absence of a bond due to marriage or an analogous relationship, relationship of 2nd degree of consanguinity or affinity or employment, property or service relationship.
  • If it is before a notary, also: authentic copy and photocopy of the document of anticipated declaration of will granted before a notary, certified copy of the DNI of the grantor and certified copy of the DNI of the representative (if there is).

In the Canarias Islands, you can get more information and process the anticipated expressions of will at the General Technical Secretariat of the Ministry of Health, in any of its 2 offices:

  • In Santa Cruz de Tenerife: Rambla Santa Cruz 53.
  • In Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: Avda. Juan XXIII, nº 17 – 6th Floor

On the other hand, all the documentation may be presented in any of the administrative records enabled for this purpose, in the Cabildos and Municipalities of the Comunidad Autónoma of Canarias Islands through the Single Window Project.

You can also process a living will or advance directives through the Internet, through the service that My Digital Legacy makes available to all citizens of the Canarias Islands, 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 the Canarias Islands?

In the Canarias Islands, the living will, after regulation at the national level in 2002, is managed and processed based on a Decree published by the Government of the Canarias Islands in 2006.

DECREE 13/2006, of February 8, which regulates the anticipated manifestations of will in the health field and the creation of its corresponding Registry.

Law 1/2015, of February 9, of rights and guarantees of the dignity of the person before the final process of his life.

Some information about the Living Will in the Canarias Islands

Living Wills Made

%

Canarian citizens who have made a living will

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They are made by women

*Extracted data from the National Register of Prior Instructions in July 2020

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 the Canarias Islands?

If you have any doubt, query or question about any technical and/or legal aspect of the living will in the Canarias Islands 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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