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Colorado Living Wills Laws

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Code Section 15-18-102, et seq. Colorado Medical Treatment Decision Act
Specific Powers, Life-Prolonging ActsAny medical procedure or intervention that would serve only to prolong the dying process; it shall not include any medical procedure for nourishment or considered by attending physician to provide comfort or alleviate pain; however, artificial nourishment may be withdrawn pursuant to declaration that artificial nutrition (1) not be provided or continued when it is the only procedure being provided; (2) be continued for a specified period when it is the only procedure being provided
Legal Requirements for Valid Living Will(1) Competent; (2) adult; (3) executed before 2 competent witnesses
Revocation of Living WillRevocable by declarant orally, in writing, or by burning, tearing, cancelling; obliterating, or destroying the declaration
Validity from State-to-State-
If Physician Unwilling to Follow Living Will-
Immunity for Attending PhysicianNo hospital or physician acting under direction of physician and participating in the withholding or withdrawal of life-sustaining procedures in compliance with a declaration shall be subject to any civil or criminal liability or licensing sanction in the absence of revocation, fraud, misrepresentation, or improper execution.

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