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26:2h-57 Proxy, Instruction Directive; Reaffirmed, Modified, Revoked.

5. a. A declarant may reaffirm or modify either a proxy directive, or an instruction directive, or both. The reaffirmation or modification shall be made in accordance with the requirements for execution of an advance directive pursuant to section 4 of P.L.1991, c.201 (C.26:2H-56).

b.A declarant may revoke an advance directive, including a proxy directive, or an instruction directive, or both, by the following means:

(1)Notification, orally or in writing, to the health care representative, physician, nurse, or other health care professional, or other reliable witness, or by any other act evidencing an intent to revoke the document; or

(2)Execution of a subsequent proxy directive or instruction directive, or both, in accordance with section 4 of P.L.1991, c.201 (C.26:2H-56).

c.Designation of the declarant's spouse as health care representative shall be revoked upon divorce or legal separation, and designation of the declarant's domestic partner as defined in section 3 of P.L.2003, c.246 (C.26:8A-3) as health care representative shall be revoked upon termination of the declarant's domestic partnership or designation of the declarant's partner in a civil union as defined in section 2 of P.L.2006, c.103 (C.37:1-29) shall be revoked upon termination of the declarant's civil union, unless otherwise specified in the advance directive.

d.A patient who lacks mental capacity may suspend an advance directive, including a proxy directive, an instruction directive, or both, by any of the means stated in paragraph (1) of subsection b. of this section. A patient who lacks mental capacity and has suspended an advance directive may reinstate that advance directive by oral or written notification to the health care representative, physician, nurse, or other health care professional of an intent to reinstate the advance directive.

e.Reaffirmation, modification, revocation, or suspension of an advance directive is effective upon communication to any person capable of transmitting the information including the health care representative, the attending physician, nurse, or other health care professional responsible for the patient's care.

L.1991, c.201, s.5; amended 2003, c.246, s.28; 2013, c.103, s.65.

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Phil Murphy
Phil Murphy
January 16, 2018 -
Democratic
1-609-292-6000
125 West State Street, Trenton, NJ, 08625

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