Medical Aid in Dying will be legal in New Jersey this week.  Here is what you need to know.

On Aug. 1, New Jersey officially becomes the eighth state in the nation to allow its terminally ill residents to hasten their death with prescribed medications. Patients must find two physicians to certify that they are within six months of death, and also must be capable of taking the medications themselves.  That may sound fairly straightforward, but it may not be easy to immediately take advantage of the new law, which advocates say could free patients from suffering and disability at the end of life. 

Please refer to a previous Rothkoff article discussing the specific provisions of the new law as well as a Philadelphia Inquirer article reviewing the issues involved.

Changes Ahead For The Terminally Ill with Capacity to Make End of Life Decisions

Inquirer Article on Medical Aid and Dying in New Jersey

About Jerry

Jerold E. Rothkoff, a practicing New Jersey and Pennsylvania attorney, is the Principal of the Rothkoff Law Group, an elder care law firm. Jerry dedicates his practice to serving clients in the areas of life care planning, long-term care planning, Medicaid & VA benefits, and advocacy for the elderly and disabled. He is past President of the NJ Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, former chair of the elder law section of the NJ State Bar Association, and past President of the Life Care Planning Law Firm Association. Jerry continues to be an outspoken advocate for the rights of the elderly and disabled. He writes for and gives presentations regularly to attorneys and other professionals about legal issues related to seniors and those with disabilities. Jerry’s community activities include the Twilight Wish Foundation, the Delaware Valley Stroke Council, the Alzheimer’s Association, as well as numerous other advocacy groups. When not in the office, Jerry spends time with his wife, Erica, and their five children, eighteen-year old identical twin girls, Liza and Julia, fifteen-year old fraternal twin boys, Evan and Gregory, and six-year old Aitan.

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