Rhode Island Durable Power of Attorney Laws
|Code Section||23-4.10-1, et seq. Health Care Power of Attorney|
|Specific Powers, Life-Prolonging Acts||Any medical procedure or intervention that will only prolong the dying process; it shall not include intervention necessary to alleviate pain or provide comfort|
|Legal Requirements for Durable Power of Attorney||(1) 18 yrs.; (2) resident of Rhode Island; (3) 2 adult witnesses; (4) only in statutory form set forth in §23-4.10-2; (5) no effect or force to document if patient is pregnant and live birth is probable with continued application of treatment|
|Revocation of Durable Power of Attorney||Revocable at any time in any manner declarant is able to communicate intent to revoke, without regard to physical or mental condition. Effective upon communication to physician. Controls over living will executed by same person for any inconsistent provisions|
|Validity from State-to-State||Durable power of attorney executed in another state in compliance with laws of that state is valid|
|If Physician Unwilling to Follow Durable Power of Attorney||Unwilling physician must make necessary arrangements to effect transfer to complying physician|
|Immunity for Attending Physician||No civil, criminal, or professional liability when acting in accordance with the statute and in accordance with reasonable medical standards.|
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