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Tennessee Durable Power of Attorney Laws

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Code Section 34-6-201, et seq. Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care Act
Specific Powers, Life-Prolonging ActsAny 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 AttorneySigned before 2 witnesses and notary public and specifically authorizes health care decisions
Revocation of Durable Power of AttorneyRevocable 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-StateEffective if document complies with laws of Tennessee or laws of the state of principal's residence
If Physician Unwilling to Follow Durable Power of AttorneyPrompt and orderly transfer required
Immunity for Attending PhysicianNo criminal, civil, or professional liability for physician acting in good faith

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