Does New Jersey Recognize Advance Directives As Legally Binding Documents?

Yes. In 1990, the Supreme Court of the United States confirmed that a person's rights to make choices about medical care are protected by the Bill of Rights. Under New Jersey law, written advance directives for people 18 or over are legal and binding. Hospitals and physicians must honor your advance directive or, in case of disagreement, transfer you to another hospital or physician willing to carry out your wishes.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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