Although New Jersey State law has the right to protect its citizens and to preserve life, it recognizes the right of its citizens to refuse or withdraw life-sustaining treatment when there is little or no likelihood of improvement.
New Jersey State law allows for individuals to execute a living will, which is a document that allows an individual to name a person that can make end of life medical decisions on the individual’s behalf in the event that he or she is unable to make those decisions.
A Living Will may include an Advance Directive and a Health Proxy.
The Advance Directive outlines the general instructions of what the individual’s wishes are with regard to all types of treatment, including end of life decisions.
The Health Care Proxy nominates an agent to make a decision on behalf of the incapacitated individual if he or she cannot act on his or her own behalf.
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