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Tennessee Living Wills Laws

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Code Section 32-11-101, et seq. Right to Natural Death Act
Specific Powers, Life-Prolonging ActsAny 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 WillRevocable 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-StateEffective if in compliance with Tennessee law or the law of the state of declarant's residence
If Physician Unwilling to Follow Durable Power of AttorneyUnwilling physician must make every reasonable effort to assist in a transfer.
Immunity for Attending PhysicianNo civil, criminal, or professional liability if acting in accord with reasonable medical standards

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