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Quickly create your West Virginia health care directive

You can complete FindLaw’s attorney-created health care directive forms in less than an hour at home. Our guided process takes you through a few easy steps and includes a free HIPAA release form. You’ll be able to download, print and sign your documents in no time.

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West Virginia health care directive options to fit your needs

Health Care Directive

For One Person

A do-it-yourself health care directive that’s easy to personalize.

What’s included:
What’s included
Step-by-step guided process
A health care directive tailored to your needs
Attorney-approved document compliant with your state’s laws
Free HIPAA release form
Free changes and revisions to your document for up to a full year after purchase


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All the forms you need to create a personal estate plan

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Last will and testament
Health care directive
Power of attorney
Free HIPAA release form
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Free changes and revisions for up to one year after purchase

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The benefits of a West Virginia health care directive

In the event you become incapacitated, a West Virginia health care directive ensures your medical wishes are carried out. Through this document (also called a “Combined Medical Power of Attorney and Living Will”) you can leave individual instructions about your desired end-of-life care and life-sustaining treatment. A health care directive protects your autonomy, eases the burden on loved ones should the worst happen, and helps your medical team provide faster treatment that aligns with your values. Because FindLaw has made the process simple, easy, and quick, there’s no reason not to have one.


Written by:

Linda Long, J.D.

Contributing Author


Reviewed by:

Tim Kelly, J.D.

Contributing Author

How it works

Create your health care directive in under an hour

Create an account

Create a secure account which is accessible through an easy dashboard you can access any time

Gather information

Decide who will be your health care agent/proxy, which treatments you would request or refuse and release your records

Complete your document

Answer all questions, then we’ll generate your digital documents for downloading, printing, and signing

Make it legal

Print and sign your document according to instructions. Give copies to your doctors and agent/proxy

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What’s next to make my West Virginia health care directive valid?

Follow these steps:

Make essential choices about your health care

You must decide what sort of care you want should you are ever unresponsive and facing a terminal illness or condition. The types of care you’ll want to address in your health care directive include:

  • Life-prolonging treatments
  • Admittance into long-term care
  • Admittance into hospice care
  • Allowing or prolonging a natural death
  • Wishes about resuscitation
  • Withdrawal of life support
  • Use of feeding tubes
  • Use of blood transfusions

Choose a health care agent

A health care agent makes medical decisions on your behalf when you are unable to. When choosing a health care agent, you should look for certain characteristics. In addition to being at least 18 years old, a health care agent must be someone you trust to make medical  decisions that align with your values. They should live in the vicinity so that they can be there for you when you are incapacitated.

You should also consider naming an alternate agent in case your primary agent is unavailable.

Choose appropriate witnesses

Under West Virginia law, your health care directive must have the signatures of at least two people. These witnesses cannot be:

  • A person who signed the health care directive for the principal at the principal’s direction
  • A relative of the principal either by blood or marriage
  • Named as a beneficiary of the principal’s estate, whether by will or by operation of law
  • Be the financially responsible party for the principal’s medical bills
  • The principal’s attending physician
  • The principal’s power of attorney or successor medical power of attorney

Sign and notarize

In West Virginia, the person making a health care directive, or another person whom the principal chose to sign in their place, must sign the document in front of at least two adult witnesses. The principal’s and the witnesses’ signatures must be notarized.

You may want to speak with a lawyer if:

  • Your family disagrees with your medical choices
  • You don’t know who to appoint as your agent
  • You have questions about life prolonging measures
  • You want legal review of your completed document
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Frequently asked questions about West Virginia health care directives

A health care directive is a legal document created by an individual to state their medical treatment preferences in the event of their incapacity. This document protects patients by keeping them in control of their medical care even if they cannot speak.

In West Virginia, a health care directive is legally valid if it meets the following requirements:

  • Your health care directive must be in writing.
  • It must be signed by the principal or by someone else whom the principal directs to sign in their place if the principal is physically unable to sign themselves.
  • The document must be dated.
  • The document must be witnessed by at least two witnesses.
  • The document must be notarized.

Only you can revoke or amend your health care directive. Your health care agent and medical team are legally required to respect your wishes. You have the final say about your medical treatment preferences.

Every adult in West Virginia should have a health care directive. FindLaw’s do-it-yourself option allows you create this essential legal document in the comfort of your own home and without the cost associated with going to an attorney.

You do not need to hire an attorney to complete your health care directive. FindLaw’s team of attorneys has drafted West Virginia health care directive form that you can trust to help you complete this legal document quickly and easily.

FindLaw is not a law firm, and the forms are not a substitute for the advice or services of an attorney. If you have a unique family situation, anticipate a family member objecting to your medical treatment preferences, or otherwise have questions, you can contact a local attorney with FindLaw’s attorney database.

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