New Jersey Living Will (Instruction Directive)

Last Updated: 11/23/2015

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Good planning can help ease stress and worry. It can also help protect you and your loved ones in times of emergency. When it comes to planning your health, one critical document to have is an advance health directive, also known as a living will.

An advance health directive is a document that outlines the choices you have made in regards to life-sustaining treatments or procedures, should you no longer be able to make your own decisions. If you don’t want to leave the responsibility of making your health care decisions to your loved ones, complete an advance health directive. Should anything happen to you, your wishes will clearly be explained, giving your friends and family some guidance during this difficult time.

Advance health directives are legally binding. Our New Jersey Advance Health Directive follows all of the New Jersey state laws, making the document legally enforceable in case of emergency. But rest assured it will only be used in case of critical illness, when you cannot speak for yourself. Living wills can also be changed or revoked at any time, as long as you are still of sound mind.

Inform your loved ones that you have an advance health directive. Should something happen to you, they need to know where to find this important legal document. They can then have the peace of mind knowing your wishes are being followed by doctors and hospital administrators.

Once completed, you may choose to upload your living will to your secured online ezEstatePlanner Vault. Here, you may also upload your other important estate documents, such as your will, living trust or health care power of attorney. To learn more about the difference between two of your most important health planning documents, please read our article What’s the Difference Between an Advance Health Directive and a Health Care Power of Attorney?

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