This thread has been prompted by reading about suggestions a couple of days ago about perhaps challenging a Will.
If it's known that the deceased was not cognitively challenged and entirely able to make up his/her mind about the bequeathing of any assets, I wonder why others should assume any right to question this?
A similar situation arose when my mother was dying. She had a diabetic ulcer which became gangrenous and the only way her life would be saved would have been an amputation of the lower leg. She was adamant she did not want this, was content with her life, and absolutely sure about her preference for death. She had even put this in writing via an Advance Health Directive.
However, when I arrived back in NZ I was advised by the consultant treating her that, if I wished, I could override her decision. Why? She was of totally sound mind and knew what she wanted and I wouldn't even consider not respecting her wishes.
Similarly, we see the same phenomenon re organ donation when someone is dying. Families for some peculiar reason sometimes go against the declared wish of the dying person and refuse permission for organ harvest which could save multiple other lives.
How do others feel?