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Advanced Directives (Living Will)

A Guide to Patient Rights and Advance Directive (Living Wills)

If a serious medical condition prevents you from communicating your treatment decisions, the responsibility for making decisions about your care will fall to your family, physician, hospital, Memorial Ambulatory Surgery Center or sometimes a court of law. Preparing an Advance Directive, however, allows you to express your wishes regarding end-of-life treatment, which will provide guidance to your family, physician, and caregivers, when you are unable to choose or refuse various types of medical care for yourself. The information on this page explains your rights to make decisions about your own health care under New Jersey Law, and your rights as a patient. It also tells you how to plan ahead for your health care if you become unable to decide for yourself because of an illness or accident.