The policies on New Jersey living wills may bear some resemblance with that of other states in the United States. But for purposes of specificity and just to make sure that things are carried out according to state procedure, it would be best to familiarize yourself with New Jersey laws on the subject of advance directives.
The legal term for living wills is Advanced Directive. The Health Care Act of New Jersey had codified this document almost fifteen years ago.
In the state of New Jersey, a living will is deemed as a simple document that needed to be in writing, dated and signed in the presence of two sworn witnesses whose main role is to verify the competence and coherence of the creator and to make sure that no undue influence was present at the time.
Then again, it may simply be acknowledged, signed and dated in the presence of an attorney, a Notary Public, or a person authorized to oversee oaths in New Jersey.
The living will normally takes effect when it is conveyed to the attending doctor who has ascertained the patient's lack of capacity to decide for his or her own medical treatment.
After the document is drawn up, a coherent patient may choose to revoke the directive either by written or verbal notification of the cancellation to the "health care surrogate", attending physician, and other members of the health care team. Just by saying so, the patient has the right and power to change his or her mind any time and for no apparent reason.