In the wake of COVID -19, many events and milestones have been disrupted; but the monumental milestone of completing high school, receiving a diploma, and when the time comes, heading off to college, is still in the near future for our Seniors. Congratulations on your accomplishments and all your hard work!
Soon your Senior will be embarking on new adventures and have new responsibilities. They will enjoy newfound freedom, whether they stay home or go away to college; will open bank accounts, and make healthcare decisions. As discussed here, 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. 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 how to ensure that you as their parent, or another confidant, have proper decision making control as they embark on this new journey, please contact the attorneys at Chauvel & Glatt, LLP.
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