2016 New Hampshire Revised Statutes
Title X - PUBLIC HEALTH
Chapter 137-J - WRITTEN DIRECTIVES FOR MEDICAL DECISION MAKING FOR ADULTS WITHOUT CAPACITY TO MAKE HEALTH CARE DECISIONS
Section 137-J:14 - Execution and Witnesses.
I. The advance directive shall be signed by the principal in the presence of either of the following:
(a) Two or more subscribing witnesses, neither of whom shall, at the time of execution, be the agent, the principal's spouse or heir at law, or a person entitled to any part of the estate of the principal upon death of the principal under a will, trust, or other testamentary instrument or deed in existence or by operation of law, or attending physician or APRN, or person acting under the direction or control of the attending physician or APRN. No more than one such witness may be the principal's health or residential care provider or such provider's employee. The witnesses shall affirm that the principal appeared to be of sound mind and free from duress at the time the advance directive was signed and that the principal affirmed that he or she was aware of the nature of the document and signed it freely and voluntarily; or
(b) A notary public or justice of the peace, who shall acknowledge the principal's signature pursuant to the provisions of RSA 456 or RSA 456-A.
II. If the principal is physically unable to sign, the advance directive may be signed by the principal's name written by some other person in the principal's presence and at the principal's express direction.
III. A principal's decision to exclude or strike references to APRNs and the powers granted to APRNs in his or her advance directive shall be honored.
Source. 2006, 302:2. 2009, 54:4, eff. July 21, 2009.
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