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The DC Code: § 7-626 Competency and intent of declarant.

Index7 Human Health Care and Safety. (Refs & Annos)
The desires of a qualified patient shall at all times supersede the effect of the declaration.
If the qualified patient is incompetent at the time of the decision to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining procedures, a declaration executed in accordance with § 7-622 is presumed to be valid. For the purpose of this subchapter, a physician or health facility may presume in the absence of actual notice to the contrary that an individual who executed a declaration was of sound mind when it was executed. The fact of an individual's having executed a declaration shall not be considered as an indication of a declarant's mental incompetency.

Historical and Statutory

Prior Codifications 1981 Ed., § 6-2426. Legislative History of Laws For legislative history of D.C. Law 4-69, see Historical and Statutory Notes following § 7-621. DC CODE § 7-626 Current through December 11, 2012


(Feb. 25, 1982, D.C. Law 4-69, § 7, 28 DCR 5047.)