The New Hampshire Living Will is a document that allows an individual, known as a Declarant, to express their consents in regards to healthcare. Implemented if the Declarant ever fell into an incapacitated or terminally ill state, this document would allow them to communicate to medical experts which procedures they will and will not consent to. For example, a living will may communicate that the Declarant will not consent to CPR, life support or blood transfusions. Because this is a legally enforceable document, doctors must comply with the orders of the agreement. Chapter 137-J of the New Hampshire Revised Statutes prescribes that physicians who cannot comply with the orders of a Living Will must make the necessary arrangements, without delay, to allow the Declarant's care to be transferred to another physician. These statutes also require all living will document to be witnessed by two (2) individuals who are neither a spouse nor an heir.
The first step to completing a living will in New Hampshire is to identify the Declarant. This is done by providing his or her full name, address, gender, and contact number. Next, the Advocate will be appointed. This is accomplished by proving their name, address, and phone number. The next section will go into detail about specific treatments and procedures that the Declarant will refuse or consent to. Once all of this information has been recorded, the living will document will be signed according to Chapter 137, which states that all living will documents must be signed by the Principal and two (2) witnesses who are at least 18 years old and not married or a legal heir of the Declarant.