(1) By being destroyed by the principal or by some person in the principal's presence and at his or her direction;
(2) By a written revocation of the living will or medical power of attorney signed and dated by the principal or person acting at the direction of the principal. Such revocation shall become effective only upon delivery of the written revocation to the attending physician by the principal or by a person acting on behalf of the principal.
The attending physician shall record in the principal's medical record the time and date when he or she receives notification of the written revocation; or
(3) By a verbal expression of the intent to revoke the living will or medical power of attorney in the presence of a witness eighteen years of age or older who signs and dates a writing confirming that such expression of intent was made. Any verbal revocation shall become effective only upon communication of the revocation to the attending physician by the principal or by a person acting on behalf of the principal. The attending physician shall record, in the principal's medical record, the time, date and place of when he or she receives notification of the revocation.
(b) There is no criminal or civil liability on the part of any person for failure to act upon a revocation made pursuant to this section unless that person has actual knowledge of the revocation.
(c) The grant of a final divorce decree shall act as an automatic revocation of the designation of the former spouse to act as a medical power of attorney representative or successor representative.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2015 Regular Session
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