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Arkansas Living Wills Laws

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Code Section 20-17-201, et seq.
Specific Powers, Life-Prolonging ActsAny medical procedure or intervention that will serve only to prolong the dying process or to maintain the patient in a condition of permanent unconsciousness
Legal Requirements for Valid Living Will(1) Sound mind; (2) 18 yrs.; (3) signed by declarant; (4) witnessed by 2 individuals
Revocation of Living WillRevocable at any time, in any manner by the declarant without regard to the declarant's mental/physical condition; effective upon communication to attending physician
Validity from State-to-StateA declaration executed in another state in compliance with the laws of that state or Arkansas law is validly executed
If Physician Unwilling to Follow Living WillPhysician shall as promptly as practicable take all reasonable steps to transfer care to another physician
Immunity for Attending PhysicianPhysician whose actions under this chapter are in accord with reasonable medical standards is not subject to criminal, civil, or professional liability with respect to them

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