North Carolina Living Wills Laws
|Code Section||90-320, et seq. Right to Natural Death|
|Specific Powers, Life-Prolonging Acts||Declarant may instruct attending physicians to withhold extraordinary means to keep declarant alive whose condition is either terminal and incurable or who is in a persistent vegetative state as confirmed in writing by second physician which would only serve to postpone artificially the moment of death by sustaining, restoring, or supplanting a vital function|
|Legal Requirements for Valid Living Will||(1) Signed; (2) in the presence of 2 witnesses who believe declarant is of sound mind; (3) dated; (4) notarized or proved before a clerk; (5) specific form §90-321(a)|
|Revocation of Living Will||Revocable in any manner by which declarant is able to communicate his intent to revoke without regard for mental or physical state-effective upon communication to physician|
|Validity from State-to-State||-|
|If Physician Unwilling to Follow Durable Power of Attorney||-|
|Immunity for Attending Physician||Withholding or discontinuing of extraordinary means shall not be considered cause of death for civil or criminal purposes. These provisions may be asserted as a defense to any civil or criminal suits or charges filed against a health care provider|
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