A New Jersey Living Will, also known as a New Jersey Instruction Directive, is a legally enforceable document that allows a person to declare their end of life wishes in regards to their healthcare. In these documents, individuals (referred to as Declarants) may declare that they will not consent to treatments like CPR, blood transfusions, life support, and other procedures or treatments that will delay the dying process. In New Jersey, all living will documents must conform to Title 26 of the New Jersey Revised Statutes. These statues require these documents to be signed by the Declarant, in the presence of at least two (2) credible witnesses who can both attest that the Declarant is of sound mind and not being forced to create this document. If two witnesses are not available, the Declarant may use the services of a Notary Public.
The first step to completing a New Jersey Living will is to provide the Declarant's information. This will consist of his or her full name, gender, complete address, and telephone number. Next, the Advocate will be appointed by providing his or her full name, telephone number, and address. Next, the Declarant will specifically detail which medical procedures, interventions, or treatments that he or she will consent to, and which ones he or she will refuse. Once all of the Declarant's wishes have been recorded, he or she will sign and date the living will in the presence of two (2) witnesses. Next, the two (2) witnesses will sign, or the document will be notarized by a certified notary public.