Virginia Advance Directives
A common example to think of is a car accident. A person might be able to get better over time, but at the beginning not be able to make decisions about their care. For example, a head injury might knock the person unconscious or require that the person be kept in a coma for a while.
Most people do not realize that they can plan ahead for their general health care needs, too. But end of life is not the only time that we might have something to say about our treatment and be unable to say it.
Planning ahead with an AD can help your treatment go more smoothly. For example, you might want to write down preferences and instructions about:
This website is not intended to provide legal advice. It is merely a guide, and reflects one view of Advance Directives in Virginia. It can be beneficial to consult with an attorney regarding your Advance Directive. However, the intention of Virginia’s law on Advance Directives is to enable and encourage all capable adults to fill out an Advance Directive on their own.
This website is designed and administered by Mental Health America of Virginia (MHAV) and is funded through a grant by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.
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