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A living will may be revoked at any time by any one of the three methods below:

  • through physical destruction of the document by the principal (the person who created the living will) or by someone directed by the principal and in the principal’s presence
  • upon receipt by the physician of the principal’s written notification to terminate the living will
  • through a verbal expression of termination in front of a witness who is 18 years old or older and who puts the verbal expression into a signed and dated writing which is received by the physician.

See Appendix C of this manual for forms for Revocations of Medical Power of Attorney and Revocation of Living Will.


For more information, see: W. Va. Code § 16-30-4 (2011); http://www.wvendoflife.org (last visited July 13, 2012).

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