Tennessee Durable Power of Attorney Laws
|Code Section||34-6-201, et seq. Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care Act|
|Specific Powers, Life-Prolonging Acts||Any procedure, treatment to diagnose, assess, or treat a disease, illness, or injury, including surgery, drugs, transfusions, mechanical ventilation, dialysis, CPR, artificial nourishment, hydration or other nutrients, radiation. Death by starvation or dehydration allowed only if specifically directed with statutory phrase.|
|Legal Requirements for Durable Power of Attorney||Signed before 2 witnesses and notary public and specifically authorizes health care decisions|
|Revocation of Durable Power of Attorney||Revocable by (1) notifying the attorney-in-fact orally or in writing; (2) notifying health care giver orally or in writing; (3) executing subsequent durable power of attorney; (4) divorce if former spouse was designated; (5) principal's current wishes supersede durable power of attorney|
|Validity from State-to-State||Effective if document complies with laws of Tennessee or laws of the state of principal's residence|
|If Physician Unwilling to Follow Durable Power of Attorney||Prompt and orderly transfer required|
|Immunity for Attending Physician||No criminal, civil, or professional liability for physician acting in good faith|
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