We often think of making sure the dorm room is stocked and the backpack has a new computer. However, often I see parents and grandparents forget that their new college student is also a new adult that needs adult documents. This is an exciting time for young adults, as they begin to experience a new world. As a parent the last thing you want to think of is that your child could incur an injury or become seriously ill, requiring a hospital stay. Now that they are an adult it may not be as easy to help care for them as you did, just a short time ago. It is important that part of their college preparation includes ensuring they have the legal documents needed to protect themselves and grant you the permission to help them, if needed.
Documents that are critical in case of an emergency are:
- Health Care Power of Attorney
- HIPAA Medical Release Form
- Living Will
- Property Power of Attorney
- Docubank “In Case of Emergency” card
Of course we hope none of these medical documents ever need to be used, but if they do you will be very grateful that your child was prepared.
Contributed by MH Cave Creek, Phoenix and Flagstaff Estate Planning Attorney, B. West Hunsaker.
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