Fast, Easy, Reliable West Virginia Living Will Forms
Create a West Virginia health care directive and living will that protects your medical treatment preferences if you ever become permanently incapacitated. Use FindLaw’s simple, step-by-step process to get peace of mind and ease the burden on loved ones with a customized legal document you can complete in under an hour.
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The Benefits of a West Virginia Health Care Directive and Living Will
In the event you become incapacitated, a West Virginia health care directive and living will 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 and living will 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.
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Create your health care directive & living will in under an hour.
Answer Some Questions
Decide who will be your health care agent/proxy and which medical treatments you would request or refuse.
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Complete Your Document
Once you answer the relevant questions, we do the hard part and create your unique document.
Print, Sign & Make It Legal
Print and sign your document according to the instructions. Give a copy to your doctors and agent/proxy.
What’s Next To Make My West Virginia Health Care Directive and Living Will Valid?
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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 and living will 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 and living will must have the signatures of at least two people. These witnesses cannot be:
- A person who signed the living will 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.
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
A health care directive and living will 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 living will is legally valid if it meets the following requirements:
- Your living will 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 and living will. 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 and living will. 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 and living will. FindLaw’s team of attorneys has drafted West Virginia health care directive and living will 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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