A Practical Guide to Creating a Solid Vermont Advance Directive
Medical emergencies and severe illnesses may come unexpectedly. On such occasions, patients may lose the ability to decide about their treatment and life support options. If you become incapacitated, you can make sure your health care wishes are honored by creating a solid advance directive.
All U.S. states have their version of this document. Our article explains the specifics of a Vermont advance directive and introduces you to the simplest way to create it—using DoNotPay!
Vermont law defines an advance directive as a written record stating how you want to be treated by medical staff if you lose the ability to communicate your wishes. This document can be completed and signed at any moment a disease or accident occurs—not only in old age.
With an advance directive, you will:
- Save your family from making tough decisions if something happens to you
- Eliminate possible conflict among your loved ones
- Ensure that your wishes are honored and acknowledged
- Avoid unnecessary painful procedures, treatments, and unwanted life-sustaining care
According to Section §9703 of the Vermont Statutes, the criteria that must be fulfilled for signing an advance directive in Vermont are the following:
- You—as the creator of the document—must be:
- Older than 18
- Mentally stable
- Free from undue influence
- Two or more witnesses above the age of 18 need to sign the document
- You must authorize another person to sign the advance directive for you if you are physically unable to do it yourself
Most available Vermont advance directive forms combine multiple documents, creating an all-in-one piece of paperwork you should complete. Here are the most common elements the final document consists of:
- Appointment of an agent—transferring powers to decide on your medical care and end-of-life care to another person. In some states, it has the same meaning as a health care proxy or medical power of attorney, but it isn’t the same as a regular power of attorney
- Appointment of co-agents—choosing alternative agents if the primary one can’t fulfill their duties
- Medical staff choice
- Personal values and goals
- End-of-life decisions regarding:
- Life-sustaining procedures
- Organ donation
- Funeral preferences and the disposition of your remains
- Treatment preferences
You can choose what sections of the advance directive you want to fill out—no laws oblige you to complete all of them.
Here’s a table with instructions on how to prepare the advance directive in Vermont:
|Find a convenient form||The state doesn’t require an official or specific advance directive form. You can find a version suitable for your situation|
|Complete the form carefully||In most cases, you will have to tick off the appropriate options regarding your health care preferences—double-check if you marked the right ones. You should also include valid personal details|
|Have the document signed and notarized||Besides your signature and the signatures of your agents and witnesses, the state of Vermont requires the notarization of your document|
|Register your advance directive||Registration is an optional step. You can perform it by mailing a signed and witnessed form to:
Vermont Advance Directive Registry
PO Box 2789
Westfield, NJ 07091-2789
or to the following email address: VADRSubmissions@uslwr.com
- Gathers the essential info about your health care preferences
- Composes a unique and personalized living will, medical proxy, and other documents based on the details provided
- Matches you with a remote notary so you can have the document notarized easily
Here is what you need to do:
- Go to DoNotPay and pick Advance Health Care Directive
- Give us the names of your agents and witnesses
- Answer a few medical care-related questions
Your document will be ready in less than five minutes!
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