Living Will Form - Vermont

Living Will Form - Vermont

A Vermont Living Will - sometimes confused with an Advance Directive - is crucial for people who wish to protect themselves in case they can no longer communicate their wishes relating to their health and therefore can not actively take part in making any decisions for their own lives. Any competent adult is eligible to execute a will at any time in order to direct the providing, withholding, or withdrawal of life-sustaining treatments. Make your own form with our online form builder and questionnaire.

A basic Living Will template (available for download below) can be used to outline the steps people want to be taken in all the worst-case scenarios - including pain management, instructions on personal grooming and bathing, and any steps regarding the desired religious, spiritual and emotional support. It allows an individual to legally refuse treatment, even if this might lead to death. A person can also indicate their wish to donate their organs and tissues after death.

A Vermont Living Will is defined by § 9701 and regulated by Title 18, Chapter 231 (Advance Directives For Health Care And Disposition Of Remains). The will must be signed by two (2) adult witnesses and can be stored in an online registry provided to you by the Vermont Department of Health.

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What Is a Vermont Living Will?

A Living Will is a document used if a patient is for any reason unable to express their decisions and desires related to end-of-life medical care. The will comes into effect when a person is incapacitated to the point where they are no longer able to actively take part in making the decisions for their own life or unable to direct their physician to do so.

An individual has the right to print a will with the objective to give it to the medical personnel in order to inform them about the type of care they wish to have or wish to avoid in situations of terminal illnesses or incapacitation.

How to Make a Living Will in Vermont?

A legal Living Will form may be used in the State of Vermont to make an individual's wishes about the medical treatment or other care they would or would not want to receive in case of an emergency known to the medical staff and their caregivers.

The individual can print out the will nominating a personal representative, establishing a party for life-sustaining consultations and specifying their wishes regarding treatment and artificially provided food and hydration.

The personal representative - or a health care proxy - is an elected agent tasked with making the important medical decisions if no other means of communication with the individual are available.

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