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(755 ILCS 35/5)
(from Ch. 110 1/2, par. 705)
(a) A declaration may be revoked at any time by
the declarant, without regard to declarant's mental or physical condition,
by any of the following methods:
(1) By being obliterated, burnt, torn or otherwise
destroyed or defaced in a manner indicating intention to cancel;
(2) By a written revocation of the declaration signed
and dated by the declarant or person acting at the direction of the declarant, regardless of whether the written revocation is in electronic or hard copy format;
(3) By an oral or any other expression of the intent
to revoke the declaration, in the presence of a witness 18 years of age or older who signs and dates a writing confirming that such expression of intent was made; or
(4) For an electronic declaration, by deleting in a
manner indicating the intention to revoke. An electronic declaration may be revoked electronically using a generic, technology-neutral system in which each user is assigned a unique identifier that is securely maintained and in a manner that meets the regulatory requirements for a digital or electronic signature. Compliance with the standards defined in the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act or the implementing rules of the Hospital Licensing Act for medical record entry authentication for author validation of the documentation, content accuracy, and completeness meets this standard.
(b) A revocation is effective upon communication to the attending
physician by the declarant or by another who
witnessed the revocation. The attending physician shall record in
the patient's medical record the time and date when and
the place where he or she received notification of the revocation.
(c) There shall be no criminal or civil liability on the
part of any person for failure to act upon a revocation made pursuant to
this Section unless that person has actual knowledge of the revocation.
(Source: P.A. 101-163, eff. 1-1-20; 102-38, eff. 6-25-21.)