You can have an attorney prepare an advance directive for you or you can do it yourself using one of these forms: Advance Directive for Health Care: Long Form or Advance Directive for Health Care: Short Form. The short form is simpler, while the long form gives more detailed instructions.
Once your advance directive is drafted and you are satisfied with its contents, you must sign the advance directive in front of two witnesses, who must also sign the document. It does not need to be notarized.
Your agent and your immediate family members cannot be witnesses for your advance directive. Your immediate family includes your spouse or partner, your parents, your siblings, your children or grandchildren, or your "reciprocal beneficiary" if you have one.
You should give a copy of your advance directive to the person you picked as your agent. You may want to give a copy to other family members so they know about it. You may also want to give a copy to your doctor and to any nursing home, hospital, or other place you may get medical care.
The Vermont Department of Health is able to store your advance directive in an online registry. The registry is free. Doctors and hospitals are required to check the registry, so that is a good way to make sure that they will know about your advance directive. You can submit your advance directive to the registry by mail.