The Virginia medical power of attorney form is a health care plan consisting of two parts. The first section, the Living Will, will be used to specify the conditions under which the principal does or does not consent to the various critical life-saving medical treatments. Secondly, the Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care will be used by the principal to appoint an agent to manage all aspects of their health care. It is critical that the agent be someone located near the principal as the be available at a moment’s notice. Additionally, the agent should share the principal’s fundamental philosophies concerning medical treatment options. While there are few limitations in Virginia as to who can be appointed agent, most people choose a close friend, a relative, or their spouse (a medical physician cannot act as the agent unless they are related to the principal).
Laws – Title 54.1, Chapter 29, Article 8 (Health Care Decisions Act)
Signing Requirements – Two (2) Witnesses (§ 54.1-2983)