Rhode Islanders have the right to control decisions related to their medical care and to authorize others to make medical decisions for them if they become unable to do so themselves. If you have questions regarding the legal issues relative to any of these laws or forms, you should consult an attorney.
The Rights of the Terminally Ill Act allows individuals to instruct their physicians to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining procedures in the event of a terminal condition. If you wish to establish a Living Will, you may use the form in the statute or you may create your own form if it meets the requirements of the Act.
Rhode Island law allows an individual to authorize another person to make decisions affecting their healthcare if they become unable to do so. You do not have to have a terminal condition to activate the Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care. If you wish to name an agent for these purposes, you must use the statutory form.