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Making an Advance Directive in New Hampshire
A New Hampshire Advance Directive is a legal document that lays out your wishes in relation to health care, such as your refusal of or request for medical treatment, and/or the appointment of a trusted agent or healthcare decision maker.
The individual making an Advance Directive is known as the "principal," while the individuals or organizations gaining authority to carry out the principal's wishes are known as "agents." Suited for residents of New Hampshire, this free Advance Directive can be used in Rockingham County, Merrimack County, Hillsborough County, and in all other parts of the state. Any New Hampshire Advance Directive from Rocket Lawyer can be tailored for your particular scenario. This essential document provides a record of your preferences to medical facilities, and it will confirm that your representative has the authority to make choices for you.
It's quick and easy to set forth your medical wishes using a free New Hampshire Advance Directive template from Rocket Lawyer:
This method, in many cases, would be notably less expensive and less time-consuming than finding and working with a conventional provider. If needed, you may fill out an Advance Directive on behalf of a family member, and then have that person sign it after you've drafted it. Keep in mind that for this document to be legally valid, the principal must be an adult who is mentally competent at the time of signing. In the event that the principal has already been declared legally incompetent, a court-appointed conservatorship could be necessary. In this scenario, it would be important to speak to an attorney.
Every person over 18 should have an Advance Healthcare Directive (both a Living Will and a Healthcare Power of Attorney). While it may be difficult to think about, a day could come when you are no longer able to make your own medical decisions. Here are some typical occasions in which you may find it helpful to make or update your Advance Directive:
Regardless of whether your New Hampshire Advance Directive is being prepared as part of a long-term plan or created as a result of a recent change in your health, witnesses and notarization often help to protect your agent if someone disputes their power and authority.
Making an Advance Directive is normally easy to do, but you or your agent may need advice. Depending on whom you ask, some attorneys may not even agree to review a document that they did not draft. An easier approach to consider is to go through attorney services at Rocket Lawyer. As a Premium member, you can request feedback from an experienced attorney or get answers to additional legal questions about your Advance Directive. We're always available to help.
The fees associated with hiring a law firm to draft an Advance Directive might range anywhere from two hundred to one thousand dollars, depending on where you are. Rocket Lawyer offers much more than most other Advance Directive template providers that you may find. As a Rocket Lawyer member, you can get up to a 40% discount when hiring an On Call attorney.
Attached to your Advance Directive, there will be a checklist of instructions that you will need to finalize the document. As a Rocket Lawyer member, you can make edits, download, and sign it. Finally, you should provide a copy of the signed document to your agent(s) and care providers.
The specific guidelines and restrictions for Advance Directives are different by state; however, in New Hampshire, your Advance Directive must be acknowledged by a notary public or signed by two witnesses. Witnesses to an Advance Directive shouldn't be your attending physician or anyone who is acting under your physician's direction. At least one witness must not be your health or residential care provider or such provider's employee. Your spouse and other heirs/beneficiaries should also be excluded. As a general rule, witnesses must be at least 18 years old, and none of them should simultaneously be designated as your agent.
Legal references for an Advance Directive in New Hampshire: Title X, Chapter 137-J