Advance Directives

Helping You Prepare For Life’s Surprises

“It’s better to look ahead and prepare, than to look back and regret.” – Jackie Joyner-Kersee

If you become ill or injured, advance directives allow you to anticipate possible future changes in your physical or mental health, while protecting your estate and your health care preferences in the process. It may be difficult to envision what you’ll want at that point in your future, but the professionals at Green Mountain Legal Services will be here for you every step of the way.

A living will allows you to make your end of life choices clear if you become terminally ill, terminally injured or permanently unconscious and cannot speak for yourself.  We know that these are not easy choices to make, but by putting your decisions in writing, you can help guide your loved ones during an emotional and stressful time.

A healthcare power of attorney allows someone to make healthcare decisions on your behalf if you are unable to speak for yourself.  You can also grant financial power of attorney to someone who can pay your bills, watch over your investments, and oversee other financial matters on your behalf. These documents can ensure that your health and finances are handled by a trusted person, like a friend or relative, instead of someone appointed by the court.

Other documents to consider include a general HIPAA release, which gives your representative access to your confidential medical records so they can make informed decisions on your behalf, and a burial affidavit, which puts someone in charge of your final arrangements.

Green Mountain Legal Services can assess your situation and recommend the advance directives that will provide you with additional control over future financial and health care decisions.  

Call Green Mountain Legal Services to discuss the possibility of including advance directives in your estate plan. You’ll be glad you did!