Virginia Advance Directive for Health Care

The Virginia Advance Directive for Health Care is a legal form that can be used by a capable individual, called the Declarant, who wishes to warrant one or both of the following actions provided by § 54.1-2983:

  • Authorize the providing, withholding or withdrawal of life-prolonging procedures in the event that they are diagnosed with a terminal condition, and/or
  • Appoint an Agent to make health care decisions on their behalf, as per the circumstances they have made known in the Advance Directive, in the event they are determined to be incapable of making an informed decision.

Additional Considerations

The Declarant should keep in mind that this law also states that once they have made the Advance Directive, they will be responsible for informing their attending physician of this fact.

State Laws & Signing Requirements

State Laws – Health Care Decisions Act

Signing Requirements (§ 54.1-2983) – State law mandates two (2) requirements that must be upheld for an Advance Directive for Health Care to be enacted:

  • The Declarant must sign the Advance Directive, and
  • The signing must take place in the presence of two (2) subscribing witnesses.