State Laws and Legislation

Tennessee Healthcare Laws

Under Tennessee law, a partner may make medical decisions for an incapacitated partner as "an adult who has exhibited special care and concern for the patient, who is familiar with the patient's personal values, who is reasonably available, and who is willing to serve." However, a number of other people have priority ahead of the same-sex partner. § 68-11-1806.

An adult may create a durable power of attorney for health care, designating his or her same-sex partner to make health care decisions in the event of incapacitation. To be valid the principal's signature must be either attested by a notary public or witnessed by 2 witnesses. § 34-6-203.

Citation: Health Care Decisions: Tenn. Code Ann. §§ 68-11-1801 to 68-11-1815 and Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care: Tenn. Code Ann. §§ 34-6-201 to 34-6-218

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Last Updated: 4/30/2008

Updated: Tue, April 29, 2008 - 11:00:12