A Tennessee Living Will is a document that allows an individual, referred to as a Declarant, to provide a written declaration as to how they wish to be cared for if they ever fall into an incapacitated state such as a coma or a terminally ill condition. These wishes will specify the Declarant's wishes in regards to whether or not he or she wishes to receive treatments like feeding tubes, hydration tubes, CPR, blood transfusions, and so forth. In Tennessee, living wills are covered by Title 32, Chapter 11 of the Tennessee Revised Statutes, which states that all Declarants must be a competent adult, and that the document must be signed by two (2) witnesses who are unrelated to the Declarant.
The first piece of information that a Declarant will provide to complete their living will form will be their full name, address, gender, and telephone number. Next, the Declarant will appoint their Advocate's information by providing his or her full name, address, and phone number. Next, the Declarant will detail which procedures and treatments he or she will provide consent for. This section will allow the Declarant to go into detail, naming specific treatments like radiation treatments, life support, etc. Once this information has been provided, the Principal will sign the document in the presence of two unrelated witnesses and have the document sent to their physician so that these directives may be made a part of their medical records.