According to Virginia law, an adult may prepare written Directive or made witnessed oral statement to control the health care treatment decisions that can be made on that person behalf

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Virginia Advance Medical and Health Care Directive  

Virginia Advance
Directive for Health Care

According to Virginia law, an adult may prepare a written Directive to control the health care treatment decisions that can be made on that person's behalf

Virginia Advance Health Care Directive is an important legal document. It is designed to help you communicate your wishes about medical treatment at some time in the future when you are unable to make your wishes known because of illness or injury. These wishes are usually based on personal values. In particular, you may want to consider what burdens or hardships of treatment you would be willing to accept for a particular amount of benefit obtained if you were seriously ill.
Virginia Advance Health Care Directive. This form, contains:
  • 'Living Will' Portion of Advance Medical Directive;
  • Power of Attorney for Health Care (Appointment of Agent to Make Health Care Decisions); and
  • Appointment of Agent to Make Anatomical Gift.
You may complete any one or all of these portions of the Virginia Advance Health Care Directive.
The Advance Health Care Directive enables a person (the principal) to name another individual as their agent (an attorney in fact or health care agent) to make health-care decisions for them if they become incapable of making their own decisions or if they want someone else to make those decisions for them now even though they are still capable. The Principal can also give specific instructions about any aspect of their health care and express an intention to donate their bodily organs and tissues following their death and more.
Preparing an advance directive involves more than simply filling out a form. The time you spend thinking about the kind of care you want, or don't want, and discussing your wishes with your family and loved ones is much more meaningful than simply checking off boxes on a form. The written document is a good way to memorialize and record your thoughts and choices, but it is no substitute for time spent discussing those choices with your loved ones.
This legal document may not be changed or modified. If you want to make changes in the document, you must make an entirely new one.
It is your responsibility under Virginia law to provide a copy of your advance directive to your attending physician. You also should provide copies of the directive to close relatives and/or friends.
An advance directive or similar instrument validly executed in another state or jurisdiction shall be given the same effect as an advance directive validly executed under the law of this state.
You must sign your advance medical directive in the presence of two witnesses who are not blood relatives or your spouse.
This directive is effective until you (the Principal) revoke it.
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