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ElderLaw News is a weekly e-newsletter that brings you reports of legal developments and other trends of vital interest to seniors and their advocates. This newsletter is brought to you by The Estate Planning & Elder Law Firm, P.C., William S. Fralin, Esq., President., William S. Fralin, Esq., President.

New Emergency Contact Listing Provided by Virginia

One of the most common catastrophes encountered in America is an automobile accident. Whether minor or severe, automobile accidents shake our sense of comfort and worry both us and our families.

Until recently it was extremely difficult to reliably provide automatic emergency notification in the event of an automobile accident. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles has recently implemented an “Emergency Contact Program” which aims to provide quick notification to your emergency contacts in the event you are in a severe accident.

The Emergency Contact Program allows for the secure storage of contact information for two individuals who will be notified in the event of an emergency by law enforcement. The contact information will only be available to law enforcement and may only be accessed in the event you are unable to communicate.

The benefit of this program is limited to those with Virginia driver’s licenses, permits, and Identification cards, but is free for anyone who wishes to sign up. Those interested may sign up at their local DMV office or online at DMVnow.com, which is the Virginia DMV’s official website. Additionally, a form can be used to register via mail. This service is not mandatory, but should be considered for anyone concerned about notifying their important contacts in the event of an emergency.

As a point of caution, this program does not serve to replace important decision-making documents needed in the event of an emergency, such as an Advance Medical Directive or Power of Attorney. Those documents specifically vest medical and financial power in individuals to act as your substitute decision maker. Setting up those documents is critical to ensuring your affairs are effectively managed in the event of an emergency. The Emergency Contact Program will only notify your emergency contact of an accident; it will not vest in them authority to make decisions on your behalf.

We never want to consider such terrible circumstances but pre-planning prevents a serious accident from causing other serious harm. The Emergency Contact Program should allow for emergency contacts to be notified expeditiously, and a properly planned Power of Attorney and Medical Directive will enable those you trust to step in and manage your affairs until you recover.


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