Congrats To Your Graduate . . . Now Make Sure They Have a Power of Attorney!
It’s graduation season and an exciting time for grads and their parents. Soon they will be off to college and embarking on new adventures and have new responsibilities. They will pick classes, decide how late to stay up since mom or dad won’t be nagging them to go to bed; they will open bank accounts and make healthcare decisions. But what if something happens to them at college and you want to talk to the school? The bank? A doctor? What if god forbid they get hurt and can’t speak for themselves? While you may think, as their parent, you have a say, think again!
If your child is 18 they are legally considered an adult. Your parental say holds little or no legal weight anymore depending on the circumstances. “Most likely, the doctor at the hospital, the bank, even the school financial office won’t talk to you without a power of attorney executed by your 18-year old.” said partner April Glatt, whose son is graduating from Burlingame high school this May.
So before you send your child off to college, give the graduation gift (and a gift to you too) of a Power of Attorney for Finances and a Power of Health Care. You can then step in when they need you, have a voice when it counts and avoid all the red tape and frustration that otherwise could occur.
To learn more about ensuring you as a parent have decision making control when you send your child off to college, contact the attorneys at Chauvel & Glatt, LLP.