A durable power of attorney – or what is commonly called a financial power of attorney – appoints a person or financial institution you trust to handle your finances if you become unable to do so yourself.
A durable power of attorney for healthcare is a special document that allows someone else to make healthcare decisions for you if you cannot do so yourself. This is different from a durable power of attorney for finances.
The Tennessee Right to Natural Death Act was signed into law in 1985. It recognizes your rights as a competent adult to decide about your medical care. This law says that every person has the basic and natural right to die with as much dignity as possible.