Make a Medical Power of Attorney in Virginia Easily With DoNotPay
Are you worried about how you will be treated when you can no longer communicate your wishes and make decisions regarding your health? You should make a suitable advance directive, such as a medical power of attorney.
Each state has its rules and requirements regarding these documents. This article will explain what a medical power of attorney in Virginia is and how you can create it using DoNotPay.
A medical power of attorney is a legal document that enables you to appoint an individual to act as your health care agent. The person you choose will be in charge of making medical decisions according to your wishes specified in the document but also the ones you did not cover. Your agent should be an adult (18 or older) and a trustworthy person.
People usually opt for the following individuals to act as their agents:
- Close friends
- Adult children
- Other family members
Bear in mind that you cannot appoint your doctor or an employee of the health care facility you are being treated in as your agent.
A medical power of attorney is a type of Virginia advance directive, and it goes by other names, including:
- Durable power of attorney for health care
- Personal directive
- Health care power of attorney
- Health care proxy—note that some states recognize subtle differences between the two
To make your medical power of attorney legally binding in Virginia, you must sign the document in the presence of two witnesses. The Mother of States lets you choose any person as your witness (even your health care providers) as long as they are 18 or older.
You can choose between a few options for creating a medical POA, but not all of them will cost the same and provide you with the same results. Take a look at the table below for more information:
|How To Make a Medical POA||Explanation|
|Create one from scratch||This option requires sufficient legal knowledge as you'll end up with an invalid document otherwise|
|Use online forms||Free advance directive forms you can find online are generic and won’t be able to cover your specific case and wishes|
|Hire a lawyer||You will need to spend a significant amount of money on lawyer fees|
|Register for DoNotPay||Our budget-friendly app will generate a medical power of attorney tailored to your needs|
If you want to get a well-written medical power of attorney, you should turn to DoNotPay for help. Our app will include all your wishes regarding medical treatments and ensure your agent has clear instructions. These are the only steps you need to take:
- Sign up for DoNotPay
- Type in Advance Health Care Directive in the search box
- Appoint your agent and include the powers you want to transfer to them
- Enter the names of the individuals who will witness you sign the document
The other type of advance directive in Virginia is referred to as a living will or written directive. A living will is used to state your wishes on treatments in case you become:
- Terminally ill
- Permanently unconscious
If you can no longer speak for yourself, the living will should provide instructions for your health care providers. Creating a living will is not a simple task, and it requires consideration of what forms you should use and how much the process will cost.
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