Advance Health Care Directives Allow You To Determine Your Care

Though it may seem an unpleasant exercise, accounting for your final moments is a necessary part of estate planning. Without legally documenting your end-of-life care wishes, you may not receive the medical care that you would prefer. Even more troubling, your loved ones may be tasked with making difficult decisions during an already emotional time.

An advance health care directive — sometimes called a "living will"— can give you the final word on your end-of-life medical treatment. At Ritigstein Law, we help individuals in Haddonfield as they draft documents that allow them to pass on with the dignity and comfort that they desire.

A Document That Can Observe Several Of Your Wishes

With an advance health care directive in place, you can meet a terminal health situation on your own terms. This document adheres to the care preferences that you outline, and physicians must legally abide by your choices. An advance health care directive must meet certain requirements to be valid in the state of New Jersey, including:

  • You must be mentally competent when creating the document
  • You must be more than 18 years of age
  • The document must be signed and dated
  • Two witnesses must be present at the time of the document's signing

Our attorneys at Ritigstein Law can help you compose a living will that fits in with your comprehensive estate plan. An advance health care directive is aimed at serving your wishes first and foremost, and for that reason it can be revoked at any time.

Find Out How Our Lawyers Can Help You

For a free 30-minute consultation regarding your estate planning needs, call Ritigstein Law at 856-375-1473 today. You can also contact our firm via email by visiting our contact page. Every message that we receive is met with a response within 24 hours.