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North Dakota Living Will Law

Living Wills – General – North Dakota

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Execution

A health care directive must be signed by the principal and that signature must be verified by a notary public or at least two or more subscribing witnesses who are at least eighteen years of age. A person notarizing the document may be an employee of a health care or long-term care provider providing direct care to the principal. At least one witness to the execution of the document must not be a health care or long-term care provider providing direct care to the principal or an employee of a health care or long-term care provider providing direct care to the principal on the date of execution. The notary public or any witness may not be, at the time of execution, the agent, the principal’s spouse or heir, a person related to the principal by blood, marriage, or adoption, a person entitled to any part of the estate of the principal upon the death of the principal under a will or deed in existence or by operation of law, any other person who has, at the time of execution, any claims against the estate of the principal, a person directly financially responsible for the principal’s medical care, or the attending physician of the principal. If the principal is physically unable to sign, the directive may be signed by the principal’s name being written by some other person in the principal’s presence and at the principal’s express direction.

Revocation

(1) A health care directive is revoked:

(a) By notification by the principal to the agent or a health care or long-term care services provider orally, or in writing, or by any other act evidencing a specific intent to revoke the directive; or

(b) By execution by the principal of a subsequent health care directive.

(2) A principal’s health care or long-term care services provider who is informed of or provided with a revocation of a health care directive shall immediately record the revocation in the principal’s medical record and notify the agent, if any, the attending physician, and staff responsible for the principal’s care of the revocation.

(3) Unless otherwise provided in the health care directive, if the spouse is the principal’s agent, the divorce of the principal and spouse revokes the appointment of the divorced spouse as the principal’s agent.

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