2010 Tennessee Code
Title 34 - Guardianship
Chapter 6 - Power of Attorney
Part 2 - Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care
34-6-204 - Attorney in fact Powers Limitations.

34-6-204. Attorney in fact Powers Limitations.

(a)  (1)  Unless the durable power of attorney for health care provides otherwise, or unless a court with appropriate jurisdiction finds by clear and convincing evidence that the attorney in fact is acting on behalf of the principal in bad faith, the attorney in fact designated in the durable power of attorney who is known to the health care provider to be available and willing to make health care decisions has priority over any other person to act for the principal in all matters of health care decisions.

     (2)  (A)  Notwithstanding the Uniform Durable Power of Attorney Act, compiled in part 1 of this chapter, if a court appoints a conservator, guardian of the estate or other fiduciary, that fiduciary shall not have the power to revoke or amend a durable power of attorney for health care nor replace the attorney in fact designated in a power of attorney for health care.

          (B)  Upon application and good cause shown, when appointing a conservator, guardian of the estate or other fiduciary, a court may revoke or amend a durable power of attorney for health care or replace the attorney in fact designated in the power.

(b)  Subject to any limitations in the durable power of attorney for health care, the attorney in fact designated in the durable power of attorney may make health care decisions for the principal, 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, including:

     (1)  Making a disposition under the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act, compiled in title 68, chapter 30;

     (2)  Authorizing an autopsy pursuant to the Post Mortem Examination Act, compiled in title 38, chapter 7; and

     (3)  Directing the disposition of remains pursuant to title 68, chapter 4.

(c)  Nothing in this part affects any right the person designated as attorney in fact may have, apart from the durable power of attorney for health care, to make or participate in the making of health care decisions on behalf of the principal.

(d)  Subject to any limitations in the durable power of attorney for health care, the attorney in fact designated in such durable power of attorney may make health care decisions as provided in this part for the principal who has a terminal condition as defined in § 32-11-103(9). The decision to withhold or withdraw health care may be made by the attorney in fact permitting the principal to die naturally with only the administration of palliative care as defined in § 32-11-103(6).

[Acts 1990, ch. 831, § 5; 1991, ch. 344, § 11; 2004, ch. 771, § 2.]  
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