Alabama Living Wills Laws
|Code Section||22-8A Natural Death Act|
|Specific Powers, Life-Prolonging Acts||Any medical procedure or intervention serving only to prolong the dying process and where death will occur whether or not such intervention is utilized; does not include medication or any medical procedure deemed necessary to provide comfort care or pain alleviation|
|Legal Requirements for Valid Living Will||(1) Competent adult; (2) in writing; (3) signed by declarant; (4) dated; (5) signed in presence of 2 or more witnesses over 19; (6) declaration should be substantially in statutory format|
|Revocation of Living Will||Revocable at any time by (1) destruction of document in manner intending to cancel; (2) execution of written revocation by declarant; (3) oral revocation in presence of adult witness (over 19)|
|Validity from State-to-State||Declaration executed in another state is valid if valid under laws of that state|
|If Physician Unwilling to Follow Living Will||Physician shall permit the patient to be transferred|
|Immunity for Attending Physician||No criminal, civil, or professional liability for physician acting in good faith pursuant to reasonable medical standards and pursuant to a declaration|
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