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Did Your Child Just Turn 18? Make Sure They Have a Power of Attorney!

Did your child recently attain the age of 18? For your child, it is the official rite of passage to adulthood. Legally, this milestone allows your child to sign a legal document, obtain a credit card, open new bank accounts or make their own medical decisions. It is an opportunity for new responsibilities but what if they need you to act on their behalf? Gain access to their bank account? Speak to their 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. It is important now to ensure they have valid Power of Attorney for Finances and a Power of Health Care so that you can 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 protect your child, please contact the attorneys at Chauvel & Glatt, LLP.


The material in this article, provided by Chauvel & Glatt, is designed to provide informative and current information as of the date of the post. It should not be considered, nor is it intended to constitute, legal advice or promise similar outcomes.  For information on your particular circumstances, please contact Chauvel & Glatt at 650-573-9500. (photo credit: 123rf.com)


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