Living Will in Pais Vasco

Living Will in Pais Vasco

You will have the opportunity to leave an advance directive about the medical assistance you wish to receive in the future when you are in a situation where you cannot express yourself.

If you live in the País Vasco you can already leave the advance directives that you think are necessary alive if in the future you cannot express them yourself as a result of a serious worsening of your physical or mental health. Those wills are what, when the time comes, the medical team that assists you will take into account.

Living Will in Pais Vasco

You will have the opportunity to leave an advance directive about the medical assistance you wish to receive in the future when you are in a situation where you cannot express yourself.

If you live in the País Vasco you can already leave the advance directives that you think are necessary alive if in the future you cannot express them yourself as a result of a serious worsening of your physical or mental health. Those wills are what, when the time comes, the medical team that assists you will take into account.

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 registry of advance directives of the País Vasco, and we will even send a copy of them electronically to the registry if this mechanism is enabled.

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

The living will in Pais Vasco is called an advance directive document

The living will in País Vasco is a document that defines the process by which a person plans the health care that he or she wishes to receive or reject in the future, in particular when they are not able to make decisions for herself, as a result of the doctor-patient relationship and, as far as possible, made with the participation of a representative appointed by the patient.

In País Vasco, a living will can be made by any person who is qualified and acts freely, including minors. Any patient has the right to participate in the care plan and healthcare teams have the professional and legal responsibility to ensure this participation, taking into account that good medical practice is no longer so if it does not respect the will of the sick person.

This document can be created by filling in an available template, in paper or digital format. According to the regulations, there are 3 modalities when it comes to processing the living will in the País Vasco and thus registering advance directives: before a notary, before three witnesses or before the person in charge of the registry. In the case of witnesses, they must be of legal age, with full capacity to act, without kinship up to the 2nd degree, neither marriage, common-law partner, or common law union, nor patrimonial relationship.

When processing the living will or advance directives it is very important to appoint a representative to represent the patient and who, if necessary, can help in the interpretation of the document, stating their acceptance. To guarantee their impartiality, that person may not be both a witness, the notary or the person responsible for the registry, or a person with a possible conflict of interest.

In order to process the living will in the País Vasco, it is necessary to provide the following documentation:

  • Advance Directive Document.
  • Photocopies of the D.N.I. or passport of the intervening parties: grantor, witnesses (if any) and representative (if any).
  • If notarized, in addition: authorized copy of the Advance Directive Document.
  • If it is before an official, in addition: authentic copy of the Advance Directive Document.

In País Vasco, you can obtain more information and process the document of advance directives in the Vasco Register of Advance Willing Orders, located in the Department of Health of the Gobierno Vasco, in Donostia – San Sebastián street 1, 01010 Vitoria-Gasteiz; or also in any of the Delegations of the Department of Health of the Gobierno Vasco.

The Gobierno Vasco has prepared a guide of recommendations on the document of advance directives. You can also get more information at website of the Gobierno Vasco Department of Health.

It is also possible to process the living will or advance expression of wills through the Internet, through the service that My Digital Legacy makes available to all citizens of the País Vasco, which can also be extended to the entire 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 País Vasco?

In País Vasco the living will, after being regulated at the national level in 2002, is managed and processed based on a Law published by the Gobierno Vasco also in 2002.

Law 7/2002, of December 12, of the Vasco Parliament, on Advance Wills in the field of health.

Decree 147/2015, of July 21, approving the Declaration on the Rights and Duties of people in the Vasco health system.

Decree 270/2003, of November 4, of the Gobierno Vasco by which the Vasco Registry of Advance Willing Wills is created.

Order of November 6, 2003, of the Minister of Health, by which the automated file of personal data called “Vasco Registry of advance directives” is created.

Law 11/2016, of July 8, to guarantee the rights and dignity of people in the final process of their life.

Some facts about the Living Will in País Vasco

Living Wills Made

%

Vasco citizens who have made a living will

%

They are made by women

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

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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 País Vasco?

If you have any doubts, queries or questions about any technical and/or legal aspect of the living will in the País Vasco or about how the living will is administered and managed through My Digital Legacy, fill out this form with your data and your question and we will answer you as soon as possible.




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