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Adam L. Sandler Quoted in NJ.Com Article “What’s The Difference Between A DNR And A Living Will For Coronavirus Patients If They Need A Ventilator?”

April 9, 2020

As seen on NJ.com, April 8, 2020

Question: What is a Living Will?

Answer: The first includes what’s called either a health care proxy or health care power of attorney, said Adam Sandler, an attorney with Einhorn Barbarito in Denville. He said in this section, a person grants an agent — a person of his choosing — the power to make medical decisions on his behalf in the event that the individual is unable to do so for himself. This section also authorizes the release of the person’s medical information to the agent and instructs medical professionals to accept the decisions made by the agent. The second section is the living will — the part that’s causing confusion for some families. This is an “instructional directive that sets forth the individual’s wishes as to medical care in the event of certain specified conditions, namely permanent unconsciousness, irreversible brain damage or an incurable condition which is terminal,” Sandler said. The individual specifies which life sustaining treatment they would want withheld or removed under those circumstances.

Question: What Should You Do?

Answer: The COVID-19 pandemic has been a major contributing factor in individuals and couples addressing these needs, which they may have previously been putting off,” he said. “Moreover, the statewide `lockdown’ has resulted in people having some additional time on their hands and married couples being in the same place at the same time. The trickier aspect of this process is signing the documents,” Sandler said. “We have implemented drive-up executions at the office where clients remain in their cars and the execution ceremony is conducted on the phone while looking through the car window.”

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