Two people must witness the signing of your advance directive form. Although it is not required, it is recommended that you also sign in the presence of a notary public. A witness cannot be anyone who: is related to you by blood, marriage, or adoption, is entitled to any portion of your estate, has a claim against any portion of your estate, has a direct financial responsibility for your medical care, has a controlling interest or is an employee of a residential facility in which you reside, is under 18 years of age. If you are a resident of a long term residential health care facility, one of the witnesses must be a patient advocate or ombudsman designated by the Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities or the Public Guardian.
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