A Straightforward Guide to Creating a Living Will in Virginia
Making difficult decisions and thinking about worst-case scenarios is never a pleasant experience, but it is necessary. Deciding early on how you wish to be treated when you cannot speak for yourself will be extremely helpful to your family members if such time comes.
To put your wishes in writing, you will need to create a state law-compliant legal document. DoNotPay explains how to make a living will in Virginia.
In Virginia, you can create a legal document called an advance directive stating your wishes related to medical care. The document comes into effect when you are no longer capable of making your own decisions due to a serious illness or injury.
There are two types of advance directives in Virginia:
- Power of attorney for health care (appointment of an agent)
- Living will (written health care directive)
A medical power of attorney lets you choose a person who will act as your agent or health care proxy. The individual can be anyone as long as they are reliable and trustworthy. People most often choose their spouses, close friends, or adult children for this role.
Your agent will be in charge of making difficult decisions about your medical care in accordance with your wishes. You can tell them precisely what kind of treatments you do or do not want.
It is also possible to get a medical power of attorney for a child and allow the appointed agent to make decisions for your child in your absence.
The only difference between a power of attorney for health care and a living will is that the latter does not require an agent. A living will is a document used to express your clear wishes on how you want to be treated in a serious medical condition. You do not need to appoint an agent to make those decisions.
You can create a living will in Virginia in a few ways, but not all of them are equally efficient. Check out the following table for additional details:
|Create a Living Will||Brief Explanation|
|With the help of a lawyer||
|By using DoNotPay||
DoNotPay is here to provide you with a health care directive you need, no matter the state you live in. Our app will create an airtight legal document tailored to your needs, unlike iffy forms available online. These are the only steps to take:
- Sign up for DoNotPay
- Select our Advance Health Care Directive product
- Type in relevant medical information
- Inform us about the powers you want to transfer to your agent (if you appoint one)
You can also check out our article on how a health care proxy is different from a power of attorney.
To make your living will valid, you must follow specific rules in Virginia. The Old Dominion requires you to have this legal document signed in the presence of two adult witnesses. Any individual older than 18 can be a witness, including your spouse, relative, or health care provider.
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