Incapacity planning is the most basic form of planning and should be completed by everyone over the age of 18.
Incapacity planning documents include an Advance Directive for Health Care, HIPAA Release and Power of Attorney for Finances. These documents enable a family member or trusted friend to make medical and financial decisions on your behalf under some circumstances, and to have access to your medical information in the event of an accident or illness. NEET can assist you and your family members complete these important documents.
Guardianships are often appropriate for adults who have been diagnosed with a form of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s Disease. A guardian is appointed by the court and given specific powers and responsibilities to make decisions for the person under guardianship in order to assist them with their personal and financial affairs.
If you are concerned about the possible need of a guardian for yourself or someone else, it is best to act sooner rather than later, because a court proceeding where the person can consent to the proposed guardian (a voluntary guardianship) is far easier and less invasive of your privacy than a guardianship without one’s consent (an involuntary guardianship). NEET is able to assist with the court process, as well as assisting with transferring an existing guardianship from another state into Vermont, or from Vermont to another state.