Tennessee Living Wills Laws
|Code Section||32-11-101, et seq. Right to Natural Death Act|
|Specific Powers, Life-Prolonging Acts||Any procedure, treatment to diagnose, assess, or treat a disease, illness, or injury. Includes surgery, drugs, transfusions, mechanical ventilation, dialysis, CPR, artificial nourishment, hydration or other nutrients, radiation. Death by starvation or dehydration allowed only if specifically directed by using statutory phrase.|
|Legal Requirements for Valid Living Will||(1) Competent adult; (2) signed; (3) in presence of 2 witnesses; (4) substantially in form of §32-11-105. Witnesses must not be related to declarant.|
|Revocation of Living Will||Revocable at any time by declarant regardless of mental state if effectively communicated to the physician by written revocation dated and signed or oral statement made to physician|
|Validity from State-to-State||Effective if in compliance with Tennessee law or the law of the state of declarant's residence|
|If Physician Unwilling to Follow Durable Power of Attorney||Unwilling physician must make every reasonable effort to assist in a transfer.|
|Immunity for Attending Physician||No civil, criminal, or professional liability if acting in accord with reasonable medical standards|
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