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Indiana Living Wills Laws

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Code Section §16-36-4-1 et seq. Living Wills and Life Prolonging Procedures Act
Specific Powers, Life-Prolonging ActsLiving will declarant may ask that life prolonging procedures that would sustain, restore, or supplant a vital function or that would serve to prolong the dying process not be used in case of terminal diagnosis and incapacity; this does not include any medical procedure or medication necessary to provide comfort care or alleviate pain.
Legal Requirements for Valid Living Will(1) Person of sound mind, 18 yrs. old; (2) voluntary; (3) in writing; (4) dated; (5) signed in presence of 2 adult witnesses; (6) notice to declarant's attending physician; (7) is presumptive evidence of declarant's intent; (8) not enforced if pregnant (sample form §16-36-4-10). Witnesses must not be related to declarant.
Revocation of Living WillLiving will declaration is presumed valid. Revocable at any time by (1) signed and dated in writing; (2) physical destruction by declarant or at declarant's direction; (3) oral expression of revocation
Validity from State-to-State-
If Physician Unwilling to Follow Living WillPhysician who refuses to comply shall transfer to another physician who will comply unless (1) physician believes declaration is not validly executed and (2) patient is unable to validate declaration. If patient not transferred for above reason, physician should try and ascertain patient's intent and declaration's validity from persons listed in §16-36-4-13 (g)(1-7).
Immunity for Attending PhysicianAct of withdrawing or withholding life-prolonging procedures for qualified patient is lawful, and physician is not subject to criminal or civil liability or unprofessional conduct if done in good faith and in accordance with reasonable medical standards. Violation of any provisions of act subjects physician to disciplinary sanctions by medical licensing board.

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