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Making an Advance Directive in Vermont
A Vermont Advance Directive is a legal document that sets forth your wishes in relation to medical care, such as your refusal or acceptance of a specific medical treatment, and/or the selection of a chosen decision maker.
The person making an Advance Directive is called the "principal," while the person or organization gaining permission to carry out the principal's wishes is known as the "agent." Suited for residents of Vermont, this free Advance Directive is made for use in Caledonia County, Chittenden County, Bennington County, and in every other region in the state. Any Vermont Advance Directive from Rocket Lawyer can be completely customized to address your particular scenario. As a result of having this document, your medical providers will have a record of your preferences, and your agent(s) can offer verification that they have been given the authority to make choices for you when you are not able.
It is very simple to record your medical preferences with a free Vermont Advance Directive template from Rocket Lawyer:
This route is often notably more affordable and convenient than hiring and working with the average attorney. If needed, you can fill out this Advance Directive on behalf of an elderly parent, a spouse, or another relative, and then have them sign it when ready. Please remember 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 conservatorship could be necessary. When managing such a scenario, it's a good idea for you to speak with a lawyer.
If you are over 18 years old, you ought to have an Advance Healthcare Directive (both a Healthcare Power of Attorney and a Living Will). Even though it may be challenging to acknowledge, a day might come when you cannot make your own medical decisions. Here are a few typical occasions in which it would be helpful to make or update your Advance Directive:
Whether your Vermont Advance Directive has been created as a result of a change in your health or as part of a forward-looking plan, witnesses and notarization are highly recommended as a best practice for protecting this document and/or your agent if anyone questions their authority.
Making an Advance Directive is normally easy to do; however, you or your agent(s) may still have legal questions. Seeking out a legal professional to check your Vermont Advance Directive may be fairly time-consuming. An easier route would be through Rocket Lawyer attorney services. As a Premium member, you can have your document evaluated by an experienced attorney. You can rest assured that Rocket Lawyer is here for you.
The fees associated with meeting and hiring an attorney to write an Advance Directive might add up to anywhere from $200 to $1,000, depending on where you are. Unlike the other websites you may stumble upon, Rocket Lawyer offers much more than an Advance Directive template. If you ever require support from a lawyer, your Rocket Lawyer membership offers up to 40% in savings when you hire an On Call attorney.
Attached alongside each Advance Directive, there's a list of instructions that you will need to finalize the document. With a membership, you can make edits, save it as a Word or PDF document, and/or sign it. Finally, you should send a final copy of your signed document to your agent(s) and care providers. If desired, you may choose to file your document in the state's official registry.
The requirements for Advance Directives vary in each state; however, in Vermont, your Advance Directive requires two witnesses. Witnesses to this Advance Directive must not include your spouse, parent, adult sibling, adult child, or adult grandchild. As a general standard, witnesses will need to be over 18 years old, and no witness should simultaneously be acting as your agent.
Legal references for an Advance Directive in Vermont: Title 18, Ch. 231