Tennessee Advance Directive Form


A Tennesee advance directive is a form that enables an agent to make health-related decisions for a principal when they are incapacitated. It must be written when the principal is of sound mind and only becomes effective once a physician confirms their mental or physical condition. The document outlines the principal’s preferences for treatment, such as medication, surgery, or medical testing. It can also contain information on after-life wishes if the principal wants to include their preferences.

The principal does not need to fill out both sections of the advance directive; however, it is recommended. If the second section is not filled out, then the agent must make the principal’s unspecified medical decision(s) for them. In this case, the agent must choose whether or not to give life-sustaining treatment. This step may be applicable if the agent is in a coma, unable to function independently, or enduring an end-stage illness. Other treatment wishes include cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), life support, surgery, medication, blood transfusions, tube feeding, or IV fluids.

State laws: Title 68, Chapter 11, Part 18

Signing requirements (§ 68-11-1803(b)): Requires the presence of two (2) witnesses and a Notary Public.