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What are the 2 main advance directives in New Jersey?

An advance directive is a legal document that can be used if you pass away or if you are very sick or injured and can no longer communicate properly with your loved ones. Both of these situations are things that people in New Jersey tend not to enjoy talking about, but it is dangerous to ignore the reality just because it is uncomfortable. You must know what the two main advance directives are.

First, there is a living will. You may already have ideas about what medical care you'd want if you needed it, and the living will lets you write that out in case you can't tell professionals what you desire at the time. For example, if you are in a coma after a car accident, do you want life support to be used, or would you prefer not to be kept alive with these machines? Either way, your living will can specify your decision.

The second option is known as a power of attorney. Basically, this allows you to legally give the power to make your choices to another person. You may not know exactly what type of medical care you want in advance, but you also know that you may not be able to make the choice when you need to do so. Instead, you can allow your spouse or another relative to make the decisions on your behalf. Even relatives are not always allowed to do this without it in writing.

Estate planning must take into account even the more uncomfortable aspects of life, so you must know how to properly use an advance directive.

Source: Web MD, "Advance Directives" accessed Feb. 16, 2015

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