Tennessee Advance Directive for Health Care

Referred to by state law as a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, the Tennessee Advance Directive for Health Care encompasses a range of provisions related to the act of an individual (referred to as the Principal) naming a party (referred to as their Attorney in Fact) to make vital decisions concerning their health care on their behalf. Unless otherwise specified, as per § 34-6-204, the decisions may be made “before or after the death of the Principal, to the same extent as the Principal could make health care decisions for the principal if the Principal had the capacity to do so.”


State Laws & Signing Requirements

State Laws – Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care

Signing Requirements (§ 34-6-203) – In order for a Durable Power of Attorney For Health Care to comply with state laws, the Principal is obligated to sign the form in a specific manner. That is, their signature must be either attested by a Notary Public (without the presence of witnesses), or witnessed by two (2) qualified witnesses (without the need for a Notary Public’s attestation).

If the Principal selects the witnesses option, the witnesses they choose must meet the criteria set out by § 34-6-203.