In Virginia, you do not have to write your Advance Directive on a certain form. But there are a number of benefits to using a pre-made form.
A pre-made form:
There are many forms available that you can use. We have placed links to 3 different Advance Directive forms in the chart below, as well as an add-on that can be added to a form that does not already have a protest provision.
This chart shows what each form includes to help you choose which form best meets your needs.You can also answer a few questions here to help figure out which form might be best for you.
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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.
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