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Planning Ahead
New Hampshire Law  Advance Directives Title X Section 137-J:5​

Partners Who Should Know Your Plans
  • Primary care doctor
  • Hospice nurse and social worker
  • Minister, pastor, rabbi or cleric
  • Family members
  • Funeral home director

Advance Directives
Telling the people in your life—your doctor, lawyer, spouse or partner, kids, neighbors—how you hope to be treated at the end of your life, the funeral arrangements you wish have have followed, and how you wish to be memorialized are all ways of showing them how much you care. Your local hospital staff will assist you in completing NH-specific documents, as will your local senior center. Or you can find the forms, complete them according to accompanying instructions, and either have your signature witnessed by two unrelated people or notarized. You can download the NH form at: NH Foundation for Healthy Communities and Caring Connections. Other resources include: The Conversation ProjectFive WishesGood End of Life.

Designating an Agent to Oversee Your Funeral Arrangements
If for any reason you would prefer that someone other than your next-of-kin be responsible for your final arrangements, NH law requires that you appoint a designated agent in writing prior to death. This may be accomplished in a variety of ways: on the advance directive form you choose to use if there is space, in a separate instrument, or using our Designated Agent Form.

What Happens to Your Digital Life After Death?
There is increasing concern over what happens to our online storage and social media presence legally after death. FaceBook has an evolving policy about who can access your page once they learn of your death and more awareness around this issue is developing. Unless you have shared your passwords and instructions clearly, much of your online life may be difficult to access, leaving accounts, including bill paying, in limbo. Stay tuned for ways to protect your online assets by planning ahead.
​Protecting Online Assets Time Magazine Article November 29, 2012
​Protecting Your Digital Assets Form
Dealing With Digital Death

Consolidate Your Written Plans and Information
Knowing where everything is located, what you wished for,                                                                                                                                             and what arrangements have already been made is your first                                                                                                                               
step in getting your house in order so family and friends are                                                                                                                               
not scrambling for information later.

Download a NH Death Certificate Worksheet
​VT Death Certificate Worksheet

For a checklist of items to write down before you go,                                                                                                                                 
download our Advance Directives for Funerals.

The Planning Guide for Home Funeral Families is designed 
to consolidate important information in one place.
For ease of access, keep a copy in your freezer. Make sure                                                                                                                                 anyone named in the document has a copy—and a conversation.                                                                                                                                 Incorporated in the booklet are task lists to help home funeral                                                                                                                                 
families divvy up the tasks that must be accomplished if                                                                                                                                 
families choose to conduct even parts of the after-death                                                                                                                                   
process themselves. This booklet breaks down the roles                                                                                                                                     
and responsibilities in easy-to-use sections with space                                                                                                                                             
to keep track of details.

25 Documents You Need Before You Die
from the Wall Street Journal