Your graduating senior may always be your baby, but in the eyes of the law, he or she is now an adult.
You need to understand you may no longer be able to make important medical or financial decisions for your child without their permission. This can cause problems when your adult child still depends upon you for most of their support.
Doctors and financial institutions must follow privacy laws. As a result, you need several key legal documents if you want to make important decisions for your child. Many parents have found themselves in the nightmare scenario where their child needs medical attention for some reason, and they are hundreds of miles away at school, but the hospital refuses to provide a simple status update as to their condition, all because the right documents are not in place.
Warning: These statistics are extremely alarming and sad. They reflect an all too unfortunate picture of reality. But, they must be understood in order to best prevent the numbers from increasing. Parents cannot ignore these figures and should proactively seek the legal documents needed to protect their adult children.
— 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol related accidents, including motor vehicle crashes.
— 599,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are unintentionally injured under the influence of alcohol.
— More than 150,000 students develop an alcohol related health problem and between 1.2 and 1.5 percent of students indicate they tried to commit suicide within the past year due to drinking or drug use.
Summer is almost over, which means many children will soon be heading off to colleges all around the country. This is the perfect time to ensure your child has the basic legal protections they need as newly minted adults.
HIPAA horror stories really do happen. We’ve even heard from some of our own clients who’ve been kept in the dark by hospitals about their own children’s medical status.
We’ve put together a “College Student Protection Package” for only $350, which includes:
— Health Care Power of Attorney
— Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Release
— Docubank I.C.E.* Four Year Enrollment ($125 value)
— General Power of Attorney
Call 770-229-5729 to make sure you get answers to your questions when your child needs you the most.
*To learn more about the Docubank I.C.E. card, click here.