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Rhode Island Durable Power of Attorney Laws

Explanation of Chart and More Information on Durable Power of Attorney Laws

Code Section 23-4.10-1, et seq. Health Care Power of Attorney
Specific Powers, Life-Prolonging ActsAny 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 AttorneyRevocable 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-StateDurable power of attorney executed in another state in compliance with laws of that state is valid
If Physician Unwilling to Follow Durable Power of AttorneyUnwilling physician must make necessary arrangements to effect transfer to complying physician
Immunity for Attending PhysicianNo civil, criminal, or professional liability when acting in accordance with the statute and in accordance with reasonable medical standards.

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