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 health care decisions 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 must sign the form and ensure that their signature is either:

  • Attested by a Notary Public with no witnesses, or
  • Witnessed by two (2) qualified witnesses without attestation by a Notary Public.

If the Principal wishes for witnesses to witness their signature, they must select witnesses who meet the criteria set out by § 34-6-203.