Ind. Code § 16-36-4-8

Current through P.L. 178-2022
Section 16-36-4-8 - Life prolonging procedures will declarations; living will declarations
(a) A person who is of sound mind and is at least eighteen (18) years of age may execute a life prolonging procedures will declaration under section 11 of this chapter or a living will declaration under section 10 of this chapter.
(b) A declaration under section 10 or 11 of this chapter must meet the following conditions:
(1) Be voluntary.
(2) Be in writing.
(3) Be signed by the person making the declaration or by another person in the declarant's presence and at the declarant's express direction.
(4) Be dated.
(5) Be signed in the presence of at least two (2) competent witnesses who are at least eighteen (18) years of age.
(c) A witness to a living will declaration under subsection (b)(5) may not meet any of the following conditions:
(1) Be the person who signed the declaration on behalf of and at the direction of the declarant.
(2) Be a parent, spouse, or child of the declarant.
(3) Be entitled to any part of the declarant's estate whether the declarant dies testate or intestate, including whether the witness could take from the declarant's estate if the declarant's will is declared invalid.
(4) Be directly financially responsible for the declarant's medical care.

For the purposes of subdivision (3), a person is not considered to be entitled to any part of the declarant's estate solely by virtue of being nominated as a personal representative or as the attorney for the estate in the declarant's will.

(d) The living will declaration of a person diagnosed as pregnant by the attending physician has no effect during the person's pregnancy.
(e) The life prolonging procedures will declarant or the living will declarant shall notify the declarant's attending physician of the existence of the declaration. An attending physician who is notified shall make the declaration or a copy of the declaration a part of the declarant's medical records.
(f) A living will declaration under section 10 of this chapter:
(1) does not require the physician to use, withhold, or withdraw life prolonging procedures but is presumptive evidence of the patient's desires concerning the use, withholding, or withdrawal of life prolonging procedures under this chapter; and
(2) shall be given great weight by the physician in determining the intent of the patient who is mentally incompetent.
(g) A life prolonging procedures will declaration under section 11 of this chapter does require the physician to use life prolonging procedures as requested.

IC 16-36-4-8

Pre-1993 Recodification Citation: 16-8-11-11.

As added by P.L. 2-1993, SEC.19.