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A New Hampshire living will is commonly referred to as an advance directive. It is an important legal document for every adult. A New Hampshire living will has two main functions. It explains your medical care desires to healthcare professionals and it names a person to make decisions on your behalf. A New Hampshire living will explains your wishes when you are unable to do it for any reason. There are specific laws in New Hampshire that state who can and cannot be named as your agent who will make those decisions when you can't. You must have two witnesses sign a New Hampshire living will or you can choose to have it notarized.
§ 137-J:1 through § 137-J:37: New Hampshire honors the right of adults to create a document that directs medical care that may be used when the individual becomes incapacitated. If a living will is not created, New Hampshire allows the person’s next of kin or loved one to make these decisions for the incapacitated individual.
Living wills are important, but it is also important to create a New Hampshire last will and testament.