John Kitchen has been trained as a Dartmouth-Hitchcock Partners for Community Wellness advance care planning facilitator, and has for many years facilitated the signing of a steady monthly number of health care advanced directives to increase the percentage of people in New Hampshire who have health care advance directives in place. John has also organized and moderated an education program on health care advance directives facilitation for attorneys sponsored by the New Hampshire Bar Association in cooperation with Partners for Community Wellness.
John is a trust attorney and has given presentations concerning health care advance directives as well as guardianship, trust and tax law at state and national conferences, including at New Hampshire Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Conferences, New Hampshire Family Support Conferences, and at national conferences held by the National Guardianship Association, The Arc of the United States, the National PLAN Alliance, the Special Needs Alliance and a National Disability Institute program at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
John has written articles published by the National College of Probate Judges, the Research Institute of America (RIA) and the New Hampshire Bar Journal. John has also participated in drafting trust legislation enacted into law the New Hampshire, as well as helping to draft a federal law for people with disabilities, the ABLE Act, signed into law on December 19, 2014.
John graduated from Williams College and Boston University School of Law and holds a J.D. law degree and LL.M. degree in taxation. John has served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of New Hampshire, and also as a member of the Board of Governors of the New Hampshire Bar Association.