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3 Documents Your Child Needs Before Leaving For College

Getting ready to leave for college can be a hectic time! We know there are a lot of things on your child’s checklist, something you may not have thought about is getting your child’s essential legal documents in place. Now that your child is a legal adult (18 years or older), you cannot assist them with medical or financial matters without legal documents such as a Medical and Financial Power of Attorney. While this may not be something most people think about before leaving for college, it should be at the top of the to-do list.

Attorney Elise St. Lawrence explains that when a child reaches 18 years old, it is unclear who has the authority to make decisions on their behalf for their health and welfare in case of an emergency. Having them fill out a Medical and Financial Power of Attorney allows them to decide who can make decisions for them if the need arises and allows parents to feel confident knowing they are prepared.

Medical Power of Attorney

Preparing your child for college includes preparing them to deal with emergencies away from home. Having a Medical Power of Attorney in place gives the doctors clear authority to speak with you, if your student has a medical emergency. You will also be able to make medical decisions for your child with this document in place.

Financial Power of Attorney

Having a Financial Power of Attorney in place, allows you to able to check-in on your child’s student loans, credit card payments, or account status if they are incapacitated.

While some young adults may not initially like the idea of giving their parents full access to their accounts, the documents can be customized. That means that your student can decide when they want the documents to be in effect and exactly who they want to have these powers.

HIPAA Authorization

We provide a HIPAA authorization as part of the essential estate planning documents for college students. This document allows their parents to speak to their doctors, make appointments for them, and access medical records as needed. This form can be customized to the student’s wishes.

Back to School Sale – Through August 31st

At Morneau Law we want to help you prepare your child for college. We are offering a special package price for college students to receive these 3 essential documents through the end of August.

Attorney St. Lawrence will schedule an hour and a half appointment in our Nashua office with a reduced fixed price to:

  1. Meet with your child
  2. Draft the documents
  3. Have your child sign the Medical and Financial Power of Attorney and HIPAA Authorization, and leave with original copies

Your student only has to bring themselves along with the name, phone number, and address of anyone they want to name as their agents. Attorney St. Lawrence will talk them through the process and is more than willing to speak with parents to answer their questions.

Contact Us Today

If you would be interested in this special offer or would like to speak with an Estate Planning Attorney to work on your own plan, please contact us at (603) 943-5647.

Katherine J. Morneau